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Single Idea 8845

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 4. Foundationalism / b. Basic beliefs]

Full Idea

To say that experiences have propositional content is not to say that experiences are beliefs.

Gist of Idea

An experience's having propositional content doesn't make it a belief


James Pryor (There is immediate Justification [2005], 4)

Book Reference

'Contemporary Debates in Epistemology', ed/tr. Steup,M/Sosa,E [Blackwell 2005], p.188

A Reaction

This is important for opponents of foundationalism, because they will not allow a raw experience to act as a justification on its own. Even if concepts, or even propositions, are offered by experience, the crucial evaluation must preceded knowledge.