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Catherine Z. Elgin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036535

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036535.001.0001

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Fallibility’s Payoff

Fallibility’s Payoff

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True Enough

Catherine Z. Elgin

The MIT Press

Fallibilism with respect to knowledge is vulnerable to either a version of Moore’s paradox or to Kripke’s dogmatism paradox. Fallibilism with respect to understanding is not. The recognition of the perennial possibility of error advances understanding by sensitizing thinkers to exactly where and how they might be wrong. Thus the capacity to make mistakes is an epistemic achievement rather than a failing.

Keywords:   Fallibilism, dogmatism, skepticism, understanding, knowledge, error, intellectual humility

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