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Debasing Demon

Posted by allzermalmer on April 5, 2017

The concept of Knowledge is taken to contain a few things. It contains Truth, Belief, & Justification. Suppose it is true that the University of North Carolina won NCAA Basketball championship. Suppose that you believe that the University of North Carolina won NCAA Basketball championship. Suppose that you are justified in believing that the University of North Carolina won NCAA Basketball championship. This means that you know that the University of North Carolina won NCAA Basketball championship.

One Demon of Knowledge, or Epistemology, is the Evil Demon presented by Descartes. The demon makes that which is true to appear false, which also means those things that are false now appear to be true things. So Demon makes it appear that it is false that the University of North Carolina won NCAA Basketball championship. This, in turn, means the demon makes it appear that true the University of Gonzaga won NCAA championship. The Evil Demon attacks the Truth condition of knowledge.

The Debasing Demon of Knowledge attacks the Justification condition of knowledge. In this case, the Demon will make it appear as if have a justification for the belief that the University of North Carolina won NCAA Basketball championship. The demon does not affect the truth condition, so it is still true that North Carolina won the championship. The only thing the demon affects is the justification portion of knowledge. It makes it false that you have justification for knowledge claim, but it appears as if you do have a justification for knowledge claim.

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