Greetings fellow philosophers,
In 1963, Gettier shocked analytic epistemology with just 2 pages of philosophy. I think it will be good to get this brilliant short piece under our belt and to start to feel some of the problems in epistemology that it raised.
So as you read the paper, ponder the following questions; we’ll be sure to touch on these questions in discussion, and perhaps go further… (also, be thinking of any of your own questions you may have):
(a) What motivated the JTB analysis of knowledge?
(b) What is the closure principle?
(c) How, exactly, do Gettier’s examples work?
(a) through (c) are exegetical questions. We’ll have to answer them first. The following two go beyond exegesis:
(d) Did Gettier really succeed? Couldn’t the examples instead be counterexamples to the closure principle?
(e) If knowledge isn’t justified true belief, then what is it?
It doesn’t take much to read Gettier. But the text warrants quite a bit of thought. I look forward to a philosophically good time!