Acquittal from Knowledge Laundering

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 103 (1):39-54 (2022)
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Abstract

Subject-sensitive invariantism (SSI), the view that whether a subject knows depends on the practical stakes, has been charged with ‘knowledge laundering’: together with widely held knowledge-transmission principles, SSI appears to allow improper knowledge acquisition. I argue that this objection fails because it depends on faulty versions of transmission principles that would raise problems for any view. When transmission principles are properly understood, they are shown to be compatible with SSI because they do not give rise to improper knowledge acquisition. The upshot is a better understanding of the nature and structure of these transmission principles.

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Juan S. Piñeros Glasscock
Georgia State University

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