Epistemology is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature, conditions, and extent of human knowledge. It asks questions like: “What. CAN EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE HAVE A FOUNDATION. advertisement A FOUNDATION? Laurence Bonjour Again, what is the doctrine of the given???. Reading Bonjour, and this essay is a little wordy. Anyone care to summarize?.

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Since the justification of these basic beliefs, as they have come to be called is thus allegedly not dependent on that of any other empirical belief, they are uniquely able to provide secure starting-points for the justification of empirical knowledge and stopping-points for the regress of justification.

This article argues emprical Foundationalism does not solve the regress problem. Michael Huemer – – Southern Journal of Philosophy 35 4: And thus it would seem to be logically quite possible for S1 to occur in the absence of S2, in which case, of course belief B would be false.

This is the basic claim of the CTEK for all varieties of observation. The Ontology of Epistemic Reasons. The four ways to solve this are 1 the regress terminates with beliefs that are not justified, 2 the regress goes on ad infinitum and we are left with skepticism, 3 the regress circles back upon itself so that some beliefs are justified by beliefs that already appeared on the chain, and 4 the regress terminates xan beliefs that are justified, but are not themselves justified on the basis of inference from other beliefs.

Notify me of new comments via email. That is, I’ll have some other belief that helps in justifying belief B, so B can’t be foundational at all.


The regress problem — What is this again??? Is Armstrong actually dealing with the problem of justification 4 or has he simply changed the subject.

“Can Empirical Knowledge Have a Foundation?” : askphilosophy

What is important is that this immediately apprehended state of affairs is not itself a belief or any sort of cognitive state since, if it were, it too would require further justification.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Internalist Foundationalism and the Sellarsian Dilemma. And thus his acceptance of B is no more rational or responsible from an fundation standpoint empidical would be the acceptance of a subjectively similar belief for which the external relation in question failed to obtain.

Michael David Roth – – New York: How can a contingent, empirical belief emiprical epistemic “motion” to other empirical beliefs unless it is itself in “motion”? Find it on Scholar. But if all this is correct, we get the disturbing result that B is not basic after all, since its justification depends on that of at least one other empirical belief. Chisholm’s theological bonjouf, cited earlier, is most appropriate: The Structure of Empirical Knowledge.

Hilary Kornblith – – Synthese 74 3: Therefore, B is highly likely to be true.

But weak foundationalism differs substantially from historically more orthodox versions of foundationalism. Historical versions of foundationalism have virtually always been interested knowleedge logical infallibility, in part at least because a claim of nomological infallibility would presumably depend for its justification on empirical evidence for the law of nature in question, so that a belief whose justification depended on such a claim could not be basic.

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Consider the state of affairs of a person A having a certain allegedly infallible basic empirical belief B; call this state of affairs S1. It has to be noncognitive. But until such reasons are provided and I doubt very much that any can bethe question of whether basic beliefs are infallible will remain a relatively unimportant issue.


Sebastian Lutz – – Synthese Epistemicism and the Liar. The weak foundationalist solution to this problem is to attempt to augment the justification of both basic and nonbasic beliefs by appealing to the concept of coherence. Thus this independent warrant must somehow be augmented if knowledge is to be achieved, and the usual appeal here is to coherence with other such minimally warranted beliefs.

Come only from those with relevant knowledge of the question i. The question this brings up is how any of our beliefs laureence be justified if we need an infinite string of justified beliefs. How can coherence, not itself an independent source of justification on a foundationalist view, justify the rejection of some initially credible beliefs and enhance the justification of others?

This crucial point may be formulated a bit more precisely, as follows. Laugence entry was posted in Philosophy.


B will have as its content the proposition that some empirical state of affairs S exists. History of Western Philosophy. The weak foundationalist cannot say, as does the moderate foundationalist, that the regress of justifying arguments simply comes to an end when basic beliefs are reached.

This is, however, very unfortunate, for two correlative reasons. Scepticism, Context and Modal Reasoning.