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The sensitivity precept is a compelling suggestion in epistemology and is sometimes characterised as an important for wisdom. This selection of 13 new essays constitutes a state of the art dialogue of this crucial precept. the various essays construct on and boost sensitivity-based money owed of data and supply novel defences of these debts. Others current unique objections to sensitivity-based bills (objections that has to be taken heavily even through those that protect improved models of sensitivity) and supply complete research and dialogue of sensitivity's virtues and difficulties. The ensuing assortment will stimulate new debate concerning the sensitivity precept and should be of significant curiosity and price to students and complicated scholars of epistemology.

• comprises complete research and dialogue of sensitivity's virtues and problems
• comprises improvement and important dialogue of descendants of sensitivity, together with safeguard and non-counterfactual interpretations of the unique sensitivity principle
• offers numerous designated techniques and responses to the fear that sensitivity violates the main that wisdom is closed less than recognized entailment

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The sensitivity precept is a compelling concept in epistemology and is sometimes characterised as an important situation for wisdom. This choice of 13 new essays constitutes a cutting-edge dialogue of this significant precept. a number of the essays construct on and boost sensitivity-based bills of data and provide novel defences of these debts.

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See DeRose 1995, 196–97. 11 Sensitivity meets explanation 33 that H, and if I know that H implies F, then I know that F. We need some account that does not force us absurdly to deny this claim. (EC) is such an account. At the heart of this account is a requirement that involves explanation. This requirement, which we call (EXP), is expressed in the second disjunct of (EC)’s consequent. 13 The introduction of (EXP) allows us to hand down the proper verdict in Sosa’s case. That is, it allows us to say that I know that F.

Third, the natural interpretation of the variation as well as the adherence condition is that the subject would have beliefs in the relevant counterfactual circumstances; we were not thinking of accepting such “vacuous” meeting of the conditions (see Barker 1987, 291–92 for a similar point in the case of knowing that one has beliefs). Related maneuvres are even less promising and even more problematic. Take the following idea. I am standing in front of Dack, the dachshund. I know that this animal in front of me is a dachshund.

Both (Nozick-Knowledge) and (Nozick-Closure) seem 19 Nozick does not comment on this type of case. If he had claimed that the subject knows that Hans owns a dog, all the worse for his account. 20 If we’re only interested in sufficient conditions for inferential knowledge (as we are when we’re interested in a closure principle), then this might not be such bad news for (Nozick-Closure), but it would still be a problem for (­Nozick-Knowledge). Thompson (1986/87, 262–64) presents counterexamples to (NozickClosure-i-2): a subject knows that he was born in San Diego and infers and comes to know that he was born in the USA; however, the fact that he could have easily been born in San Francisco and come to believe this does not threaten inferential knowledge that he was born in the USA.

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