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What is 'Knowledge'­? - Gettier, Plato, & Intuition in Argument

This week we will discuss some epistemology; What is (or what should be) 'Knowledge'?  We will start with the Platonic, classical definition: Justified True Belief, and then discuss the tiny paper by Edmund Gettier, "Is Justified True Belief Knowledge" (the text is available at that link) which has had enormous impact on 20th century philosophy, as well as some further examples of 'intuition pumps' used in the epistemological literature.

I am especially interested in the role that 'intuition' plays in these arguments.  What should be the role of intuitive responses for philosophical argument?

If you'd like to read a little bit for the meeting try these (empatically optional, please feel free to come to the meeting without having read anything in particular):

Is Justified True Belief Knowledge - Gettier

The Analysis of Knowledge - SEP Article

Note that we are trying out different nights of the week and different locations in the effort to establish something that works best.  This meeting is on Tuesday.

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