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Justification: insights from corpora

Grindrod, J. ORCID: (2022) Justification: insights from corpora. Episteme. ISSN 1750-0117

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/epi.2022.44


In this paper I use insights from exploratory analyses on large English language corpora to consider the extent to which there is a widely-used ordinary notion of justification that attaches to beliefs. I will show that this has ramifications for one broad approach to theorising about justification – the folk justification approach. I will argue that the corpus-based findings presented pose a challenge to the folk justification approach insofar as they suggest that “justify” is not widely-used talk about the justification of our beliefs. I will conclude by presenting the possible solutions to this challenge, and remarking on their feasibility.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:108510
Publisher:Cambridge University Press


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