Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 50, number 148, abril 2018
Fake Barns and Our Epistemological Theorizing
[Los falsos graneros y nuestra teorización epistemológica]
Ángel García Rodríguez
Universidad de Murcia
Departamento de Filosofía

Abstract: Pure virtue epistemology faces the fake barn challenge. This paper explains how it can be met. Thus, it is argued that the thought experiment contains a hidden ambiguity concerning the visual ability typically ascribed to, or denied, fake barn subjects. Disambiguation shows fake barn subjects to have limited knowledge of the target proposition (e.g. that there is a barn ahead). This accords with a pure virtue-theoretic conception of knowledge that predicts and explains all the intuitions elicited by the thought experiment. As a result, the relationship between knowledge, luck and ability is illuminated, and our epistemological theorizing improved.
Keywords: ability, achievement, intuitions, knowledge, luck

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