Epistemic Theories

Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

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As large section of the philosophical branch of epistemology is the question of epistemic justification. Justification attempts to determine what grounds there are (or what justification there is) for one to hold to propositions and beliefs. In other words, justification specifically asks the question as to “How sure do we need to be that our beliefs correspond to the actual world?” So, typically epistemologists wish to determine the reasons behind why someone holds to a particular belief, why a particular belief a true one, and how one knows what one knows. For some, epistemic justification is a motivation to do philosophy. In an informative work I am reading on Bertrand Russell, Russell explains that he took interest in philosophy on the grounds that one could doubt nearly everything, including sense perception. Thus, Russell hoped that by engaging in philosophical thought he would be led to certainty for at least some…

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