What is Justified Belief?

In George Pappas (ed.), Justification and Knowledge. Boston: D. Reidel. pp. 1-25 (1979)
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The aim of this paper is to sketch a theory of justified belief. What I have in mind is an explanatory theory, one that explains in a general way why certain beliefs are counted as justified and others as unjustified. Unlike some traditional approaches, I do not try to prescribe standards for justification that differ from, or improve upon, our ordinary standards. I merely try to explicate the ordinary standards, which are, I believe, quite different from those of many classical, e. g., ‘Cartesian’, accounts.



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Alvin Goldman
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