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Single Idea 8808

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 4. Belief / a. Beliefs]

Full Idea

Examples confirm that beliefs may be both involuntary and subject to epistemic evaluation.

Gist of Idea

Involuntary beliefs can still be evaluated


R Feldman / E Conee (Evidentialism [1985], II)

Book Reference

'Epistemology - An Anthology', ed/tr. Sosa,E. /Kim,J. [Blackwell 2000], p.171

A Reaction

This is an extremely important point, which summarises the situation with beliefs that arise from (apparent) immediate perception. A belief cannot possibly be knowledge if it has been triggered, but no effort was made to evaluate it.