What Are Gettier Counter Principles? Essay

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The tri-partite account of knowledge is a theory that defines what criteria must be met in order for someone to know a proposition. This criterion can be summerised as justification, truth and belief. So I must be justified in believing the proposition, the proposition must be true and I must believe the proposition. Because this theory consists of three criteria that must be met in order to know something, it is known as the tripartite account of knowledge. For example, according to this theory of knowledge I could say that I know that <My car is black> because. a), I’m justified in believing my car is black because I can identify the colour black and my registration says its black, b), The car is black, c) I believe it is black. So because my proposition that <My car is black> has met all three criteria of the tripartite theory of knowledge I can say I know my car is black. There is however a flaw in the tripartite theory of knowledge. That flaw is that it is possible for a proposition to meet all three clauses of the theory, without actually knowing that proposition. An example of this flaw might be expressed as: Now let’s say I go to a showroom to buy a new car. I fill out the papers and I’m told by the salesperson that my car is waiting for me outside by the oak tree. I walk outside and see a white car by the oak tree that is the same model and year I asked for, so I believe it is mine. Seeing this car I form the proposition <My new car is white>. According to the tri-partite account of knowledge I can say I know my new car is white. Because a) I am justified in believing it is white because the car fits the model and year description of my new car and it is by the oak tree, b) the truth is that my new car is white and c) I believe my new car is white. However, the car I am looking at isn’t mine. My car is obscured behind the oak tree. But, by

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