Single Idea 6150

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / A. Justification Problems / 1. Justification / a. Justification issues]

Full Idea

The 'warrant' for a belief is that, whatever it is, that makes the difference between mere true belief and knowledge.

Gist of Idea

The 'warrant' for a belief is what turns a true belief into knowledge


Trenton Merricks (Objects and Persons [2003], 7.II)

Book Reference

Merricks,Trenton: 'Objects and Persons' [OUP 2003], p.173

A Reaction

Hence a false belief could be well justified, but it could never be warranted. This makes warrant something like the externalist view of justification, a good supporting situation for a belief, rather than an inner awareness of support for it.