Method Coherence and Epistemic Circularity

Erkenntnis 84 (2):455-480 (2019)
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Abstract

Reliabilism is an intuitive and attractive view about epistemic justification. However, it has many well-known problems. I offer a novel condition on reliabilist theories of justification. This method coherence condition requires that a method be appropriately tested by appeal to a subject’s other belief-forming methods. Adding this condition to reliabilism provides a solution to epistemic circularity worries, including the bootstrapping problem.

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Will Fleisher
Georgetown University

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