The sensitivity principle in epistemology kelly becker and tim black eds the sensitivity principle in epistemology cambridge university press 2012 294pp 9900 hbk isbn 9781107004238 the simplest version of the sensitivity principle imposes a modal constraint on true belief if the proposition believed were false one would not . The sensitivity principle is a compelling idea in epistemology and is typically characterized as a necessary condition for knowledge this collection of thirteen new essays constitutes a state of the art discussion of this important principle some of the essays build on and strengthen sensitivity based accounts of knowledge and offer novel defences of those accounts others present original objections to sensitivity based accounts objections that must be taken seriously even by those who . There is thus a vivid and ongoing debate about the sensitivity principle in epistemology general overviews there is still no stand alone overview on the sensitivity principle though useful overviews can be found as parts of publications that develop a particular theory of sensitivity or that focus on sensitivity and safety becker 2007 thoroughly discusses the sensitivity principle and . Luper scrutinizes several modal epistemic principles including both nozicks adherence condition and his variance condition sensitivity nozick was wrong to think that knowledge is incompatible with the relevant belief forming method producing false negatives nozick writes that knowing that some proposition p is true is a matter of being sensitive to ps truth value common sense knowledge claims are true even though we do not know that skeptical hypotheses are false the
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