more from Frank P. Ramsey

Single Idea 19724

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 3. Reliabilism / a. Reliable knowledge]

Full Idea

I have always said that a belief was knowledge if it was (i) true, (ii) certain, (iii) obtained by a reliable process.

Gist of Idea

Belief is knowledge if it is true, certain, and obtained by a reliable process


Frank P. Ramsey (Knowledge [1929]), quoted by Juan Comesaņa - Reliabilism 2

Book Reference

'Routledge Companion to Epistemology', ed/tr. Bernecker,S/Pritchard,D [Routledge 2014], p.176

A Reaction

Remarkable to be addressing the Gettier problem at that date, but Russell had flirted with the problem. Ramsey says the production of the belief must be reliable, rather than the justification for the belief. Note that he wants certainty.

Related Idea

Idea 5429 True belief is not knowledge when it is deduced from false belief [Russell]