In Elia Zardini & Dylan Dodd (eds.), Scepticism and Perceptual Justification. Oxford University Press (2014)

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José L. Zalabardo
University College London
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I focus on a family of inferences that are intuitively incapable of producing knowledge of their conclusions, although they appear to satisfy sufficient conditions for inferential knowledge postulated by plausible epistemological theories. They include Moorean inferences and inductive-bootstrapping inferences. I provide an account of why these inferences are not capable of producing knowledge. I argue that the reason why these inferences fail to produce knowledge of their conclusions is that inferential knowledge requires that the subject is more likely to believe the premises of the inference if the conclusion is true than if it is false. I end by comparing the treatment of these cases that emerges from the approach that I recommend with the position advocated by Sherrilyn Roush in her recent book, Tracking Truth (2005).
Keywords SCEPTICISM  BOOTSTRAPPING  KNOWLEDGE  INFERENCE  TRANSMISSION  CLOSURE  EVIDENCE
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