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By Robert F. Almeder

Blind Realism originated within the deeply felt conviction that the common attractiveness of Gettier-type counterexamples to the classical definition of information rests in a demonstrably faulty figuring out of the character of human wisdom. In trying to safeguard that conviction, Robert F. Almeder bargains a pretty certain and systematic photo of the character and bounds of human actual wisdom.

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Where truth-value revision is not in principle in order, then we would not have the reasons we previously had for saying that 'is true' does not mean 'corresponds with the facts'. Recall that in explicating the weak sense of 'knows', we had to find some way to render consistent (Kxp . O-p) without dropping the truth condition, and this led us to reject the correspondence theory of truth as consistent with a proper analysis of the weak sense of 'knows'. But because the strong sense of 'knows' requires for its instantiation the presence of entailing evidence, we do not end up having to find some plausible way to read (Kxp .

By far, however, the most important premise of our argument is P12. In Defense of P12 and P13: Fallibilism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth PI2 asserts that if the truth value assigned to any proposition is in principle subject to revision, then the predicate 'is true' (as it applies to any given proposition weakly known) need not designate or describe a relationship of correspondence between language and non-linguistic fact. But what evidence can we adduce in favor of P12? Let us begin answering this question by asking another one.

In different terms, they generally urge that (Kxp . O-p) is not contradictory because it means that what is known is a contingent state of affairs which could have been otherwise had the universe been relevantly different. Malcolm, for example, apparently took this route when he claimed that there is a sense of 'knows' consistent with the possibility of error. 18 His critics were quite wrong in thinking that Malcolm's proposal had the effect of denying truth as a necessary condition for knowledge.

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