Oxford University Gettier True Justified Belief Case Essay


Question Description

Please answer the following question in a 3 page paper (with standard font and margins, double spaced). Two notes:

(a) lay things out as clearly as possible and (b) please do not include biographical or historical information and don’t
begin your paper with ‘Since the dawn of time…’
Explain the true-justified-belief (TBJ) theory of knowledge we discussed in class (i.e. explain whether the
conditions are each necessary, sufficient, sufficient taken together). Then make up your own GETTIER CASE
and explain why it is counter-example to the analysis (i.e. explain if it attacks the sufficiency of the
conditions, their necessity…)
Rubric for paper:
Content (60 pts):
Opening paragraph (10 pts)
1. Clear statement of the thesis of the paper. (10 points)
Description of TBJ: (15 pts)
1. Clear explanation of each condition. (5 pts)
2. Clear evaluation of the necessity/sufficiency of each condition (10 pts.)
Your Gettier Example (25 points):
1. Clear statement of assumed principles (10 pts)
2. Clear description of your example. (5 pts)
3. Clear explanation of what the counterexample shows and how it shows it. (10 pts)
Conclusion: (10 points)
1. Clear recap and summary of the papers content (10 points)
Style (20 pts):
1. The sequence of sentences is coherent and clear. (10 pts)
2. The words are accurate and not used loosely. (10 pts)
Grammar and Spelling (10 pts):
1. The paper’s sentences are grammatical and the words are spelled properly.

Structure: (10 points):
1. The paper should have a clear introduction (3 points), coherent body (4 points) and conclusion (3 points)

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School: University of Maryland


Running head: GETTER CASE


Getter Case
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True Justified Belief can be said to be an incorporation of a situation where individual
opinion is justified in a belief despite the belief being wrong. The beliefs that we have are said to
be justified when there exists some evidence. In case this evidence becomes overwhelming, the
belief is termed as TRUE, and no one can go against that. However, true justified truth does not
guarantee full knowledge about an incidence that has taken place. A person might have the belief,
justification as well as truth, but this does not act as a full guarantee one the owner of the actual
knowledge. It is so because the justification being used has the possibility of being mistaken or
faulty. It gives us a sense of what knowledge is under application but does not provide us with a
complete understanding (Jose., 2018). A Getter problem exists when we assume that since there
are no defectors available, then there is no defector out there. It is also expected that a person
believes that something is true fr...

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