Reliabilism and the Value of Knowledge

Alvin I. Goldman, Erik J. Olsson

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This chapter discusses two possible solutions to the value-of-knowledge problem. It first discusses the conditional probability solution, which was formulated and defended by Erik Olsson. It then considers the "value autonomization", which has been developed and defended by the author of this book. The chapter then stresses that the swamping problem is equally problematic for many theories of knowledge and internalist theories. The chapter also introduces the concepts of type instrumentalism and token instrumentalism.

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)


  • Conditional probability solution
  • Erik olsson
  • Internalist theories
  • Swamping problem
  • Theories of knowledge
  • Token instrumentalism
  • Type instrumentalism
  • Value autonomization
  • Value-of-knowledge problem


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