Should reliabilists be worried about demon worlds?

Lyons, J. C. (2013) Should reliabilists be worried about demon worlds? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 86(1), pp. 1-40. (doi: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2012.00614.x)

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The New Evil Demon Problem is supposed to show that straightforward versions of reliabilism are false: reliability is not necessary for justification after all. I argue that it does no such thing. The reliabilist can count a number of beliefs as justified even in demon worlds, others as unjustified but having positive epistemic status nonetheless. The remaining beliefs---primarily perceptual beliefs---are not, on further reflection, intuitively justified after all. The reliabilist is right to count these beliefs as unjustified in demon worlds, and it is a challenge for the internalist to be able to do so as well.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lyons, Professor Jack
Authors: Lyons, J. C.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Publisher:Wiley, with the Philosophy Documentation Center
ISSN (Online):1933-1592
Published Online:24 August 2012

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