"The Revival of Reliabilism: A Mathematical Approach to the Generality Problem"

Justin Svegliato (Marist College)
First Published 8 Jan. 2014

In this paper, reliabilism, a theory of epistemic justification most clearly articulated by Alvin Goldman, is amended in order to avert the threat of the generality problem. More particularly, I argue that the reliability of belief-forming processes can no longer merely be in terms of the success rate; rather, it must be a function of both the success rate and the corresponding number of instantiations. Thereafter, I introduce a method to objectively specify belief-forming processes in terms of all relevant considerations that affect reliability. Finally, potential simplifications to the proposed theory are discussed as well.

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