Gettier Essay

786 WordsFeb 26, 20154 Pages
Is knowledge justified true belief? In this paper I will argue that Justified True Belief is not knowledge. My entire essay is on the Gettier’s article that claims that knowledge isn’t justified true belief. I will first explain my point of view with Gettier’s first example. Then I will show how one would object to it using fallibility or luck. Next I will talk about how one might find a solution for infallibility and try to eliminate luck. Traditional definition of knowledge is S knows P means that S believes that P is true and S is justified. Definitions should not be to narrow, or too wide. That is to miss something out or to include things that shouldn’t be included. If the definition is to narrow this means that there are cases which count as someone knowing that P but not all three are satisfied. But it seems that knowledge requires all three conditions. But you cannot know something if you do not believe it and you cannot know something if it isn’t true. Also can’t know something if you are not justified in definition of knowledge. Gettier wrote a three page paper called “Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?” . He gave two counter examples that changed the philosophical world. He argued that the traditional definition of knowledge is too wide. In other words it includes things that do not count as knowledge. He shows that the conditions are not sufficient with his first example. Smith and Jones are two candidates for a job. Suppose Smith has strong evidence for the following belief. Jones has ten coins in his pocket, and Jones will get the job. Suppose Smith saw Jones take out his coins count them out loud and put them back in his pocket. Suppose Smith Google searched Jones earlier and saw how qualified Jones is then Smith. So Smith has justified in believing that Jones has ten coins in his pocket, and Jones will get the job. From that belief Smith

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