Single Idea 3578

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 4. Foundationalism / c. Empirical foundations]

Full Idea

Empirical foundationists must decide whether knowledge ultimately rests on either beliefs or judgements about experience, or on the experiences or sensations themselves.

Gist of Idea

Are empirical foundations judgements or experiences?


Michael Williams (Problems of Knowledge [2001], Ch. 8)

Book Reference

Williams,Michael: 'Problems of Knowledge' [OUP 2001], p.96

A Reaction

This clarifies the key issue very nicely, and I firmly vote for the former option. The simplest point is that error is possible about what sensations are taken to be of, so they won't do on their own.