The Problem with Trusting Unfamiliar Faculties: Accessibilism Defended

Logos and Episteme 11 (4):447-471 (2020)
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According to accessibilism, there is an accessibility condition on justification. More specifically, accessibilism claims that facts about justification are a priori accessible, where a priori is used in the traditional sense that a condition is a priori just in case it doesn't depend on any of the sense modalities. The most prominent argument for accessibilism draws on BonJour and Lehrer's unfamiliar faculty scenarios. Recently, however, several objections have been raised against it. In this article, I defend the argument against three prominent objections from the recent literature.

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Jonathan Egeland
University of Agder


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