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  • adjective philosophy Of or pertaining to reliabilism
  • noun philosophy A person who supports the doctrine of reliabilism


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reliable +‎ -ist


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  • This is also talked about by some as a "reliabilist" epistemology.


  • So will the reliabilist believe that the justificatory status of a belief earlier is irrelevant to its status as a memory belief?

    Epistemological Problems of Memory

  • That the reliabilist is concerned with avoiding the conceptual regress is clear from the fact that the analysis offered is explicitly recursive.

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  • The lesson, the reliabilist will tell us, is that the justificatory status of a memory belief is, in standard cases, partially a function of the belief's justificatory status at an earlier time.

    Epistemological Problems of Memory

  • The reliabilist actually accepts the first clause of PIJ, but avoids both the epistemic and conceptual regresses by embracing a kind of justified belief that does not owe its justification to the having of other different justified beliefs.

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  • So a reliabilist will hold that a memory belief is justified only if the memorial process that maintains it is reliable and if it was justified when originally formed.

    Epistemological Problems of Memory

  • But the sketch is enough to bring out the foundationalist structure inherent in a reliabilist account.

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  • The reliabilist will think of memory as what Alvin Goldman has called a “belief-dependent process”

    Epistemological Problems of Memory

  • If I'm wondering whether or not I have justification to believe that God exists, I'm hardly going to think that my question has been answered when I'm told by the reliabilist that I might have a reliably produced belief that God exists or when I'm told by the causal theorist that my belief that God exists might be caused by the very fact that God exists.

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  • Consequently, people's general competence with logical notions may not in fact consist in any grip on valid logical rules; and so whatever rules do underlie that competence may well turn out not to be the kind of absolutely reliable guide to the world on which the above reliabilist defense of a priori analytic knowledge seems to depend.

    The Analytic/Synthetic Distinction


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