Fred Dretske grounds, or reasons, when the question ‘How does S know?’ can sensibly be asked and answered, the evidence, grounds, or reasons must be. Fred Dretske is an epistemologist who proposed in his essay “Conclusive Reasons,” that evidence, grounds, and reasons should be considered as. On Dretske’s view knowing p is roughly a matter of having a reason R for believing p which meets the following condition (‘CR’ for conclusive.

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However, it is far from clear that one may competently deduce q from p without relying on any knowledge aside from p. But an information-theoretic argument as to how S learns something does not advance the quality or verifiability of the presumed knowledge.

Thinking seriously about knowledge undermines our knowledge.

Fact, Fiction, and Forecast. Both are true if we analyze indication and information as follows: Still, Dretske reasosn abandon the notion of a limiting proposition in favor of the notion of elusive propositions, and cite, in favor of his conclusive reasons view, and against Kthe facts that we clnclusive know elusive claims but we can know things that imply them.

Perhaps we think that p entails q because we think everything entails everything, or because we have a warm tingly feeling between our toes. The arguments against closure include the following:. But now suppose that the neighborhood has no fake red barns; the only fake barns are blue. No amplification of the original known proposition, redhas come about.


Epistemic Closure (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

A version of PC may be defended if we make use of Dretske’s own notion of indirect perception That is, in the close worlds to the actual world in which not-p holds, S does not believe p. If, while knowing p via perception, testimony, proof, memory, or something that indicates or carries the information that pS believes q because p entails qthen S knows q. Find it on Scholar. Both reasns true if we analyze indication and information as follows:.

This is so because 2 entails the falsity of, 3 Although R is the case P might not be the case. Roughly, we know skeptical possibilities do not hold since given our circumstances they are remote. SI is the contraposition of CRbut the contraposition of a subjunctive concpusive is not equivalent to the original.

Turning tables on the skeptic in this way was roughly Moore’s antiskeptical strategy.

Epistemic Closure

For if 2 is true, we are entitled, not only to deny that, given R, not-P is the case, but also that, given R, not-P might be the case. The qualifications embedded in the following principle construed as a material conditional seem natural enough:.

In response to this first version conc,usive the argument from the analysis of knowledge, some theorists e. That is to say, 2 eliminates R and not-P as a possible joint state of affairs and, when we are given R, it eliminates not-P as a possible state of affairs.


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So you do not know not-mule. Having accepted the tracking view—as they do when they deny that we know skeptical hypotheses are false—skeptics cannot appeal to the principle of closure, which is false on the tracking theory. Dretske – – Philosophy of Science 38 2: The key point is that if R safely indicates that p is drerske, then it safely indicates that q is true, where q is any of p ‘s consequences.

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Fred I. Dretske, Conclusive reasons – PhilPapers

But neither difficulty threatens JP. Luck, Propositional Perception, and the Entailment Thesis. The Argument From Not Easily Knowable Propositions Another anticlosure argument is that rfasons are some sorts of propositions we cannot know unless perhaps we take extraordinary measures, yet such propositions are entailed by mundane claims whose truth we do know. Looked at in this way, J seems plausible.

It is necessarily the case that: If R carries the information pand S believes q because S knows p entails qthen R carries the information q.