Authored by: Paul K. Moser , Arnold vander Nat

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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Among Western philosophers, the study of knowledge emerged in ancient Greece, under the definitive influence of Plato and Aristotle. Plato’s Theaetetus immortalized the view that knowledge consists of justified true belief, and this view has come to be called “the traditional analysis of knowledge.” This entry outlines the traditional analysis, and presents a formidable threat to it: the Gettier problem.

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