PHIL 450A:Paper Topic #2 (5-7 Pages):

Externalism and Internalism About Epistemic Justification

 

The paper has seven parts.

(1) Steup is an access internalist about epistemic justification.Explain Steup's view and explain why it is an example of access internalism about epistemic justification.(If you wish, you may throughout this paper illustrate your discussion of access internalism with Steup's version of it.)

(2) Goldman is an externalist about epistemic justification.Explain the main ideas of Goldman's reliabilist account of justification and explain why it is externalistóthat is, why Goldman's account is not compatible with access internalism.[Note:Recall that only one of the two Goldman articles attempts to give an externalist account of justification.That is the only article you need to discuss in this paper.]Make sure you explain what kind of reliability is involved in Goldman's account of justification.Is it world-to-belief reliability or belief-to-world reliability?

(3) What do you regard as the most compelling reason for being an access internalist about epistemic justification?Explain.(Here you should identify a positive virtue of Access Internalism that is not simply the lack of what you regard as a defect of externalism.)

(4) What do you regard as the most compelling reason in support of Goldman's externalism about epistemic justification?Explain.(Here you should identify a positive virtue of externalism that is not simply the lack of what you regard as a defect of access internalism.)

(5) What is the biggest problem for access internalism about epistemic justification?

(6) What is the biggest problem for Goldman's externalism about epistemic justification?

(7) How would you recommend solving these problems?What sort of account of epistemic justification makes the most sense to you?(If you are undecided, explain why you are undecided.)You must seriously consider objections to your view.Make sure that part (7) gets significant attention in your paper.Don't try to answer it in a single paragraph.

 

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