Immediate Justification and Process Reliabilism

Alvin I. Goldman

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This chapter examines the ability to solve long-standing epistemological problems. It introduces the concept of foundationalism, which is a classical approach to the structure of justification. It shows that foundationalism conceives of a layer of justified beliefs that can be found at the bottom of an inferential hierarchy. The chapter also compares process reliabilism and immediate justification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReliabilism and Contemporary Epistemology
Subtitle of host publicationEssays
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199933150
ISBN (Print)9780199812875
StatePublished - May 24 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Epistemological problems
  • Foundationalism
  • Immediate justification
  • Inferential hierarchy
  • Justified beliefs
  • Process reliabilism
  • Structure of justification


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