Single Idea 6874

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / A. Justification Problems / 3. Internal or External / a. Pro-internalism]

Full Idea

The problem for internalists of Doxastic Decision Interval says internal justification must avoid mental change to preserve the justification status, but must also allow enough time to compute the formal relations between beliefs.


'Doxastic' means concerned with beliefs

Gist of Idea

Internal justification needs both mental stability and time to compute coherence


Alvin I. Goldman (Internalism Exposed [1999], 4)

Book Reference

Goldman,Alvin I.: 'Pathways to Knowledge' [OUP 2002], p.13

A Reaction

The word 'compute' implies a rather odd model of assessing coherence, which seems instantaneous for most of us where everyday beliefs are concerned. In real mental life this does not strike me as a problem.