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Robert Nozick, Excerpt from Philosophical Explanations

  1. What does Nozick mean when he says of someone that her belief ‘tracks the truth’?
      a. If her belief were false, she wouldn’t believe it, and if her belief were true, she would believe it.
      b. If her belief were true, then she wouldn’t believe it, and if her belief were false, then she would believe it.
      c. If she were to be confronted with evidence against her belief, she would stop believing it.
      d. Her belief doesn’t include any contradictions.
  2. How does Nozick formulate the principle he calls ‘Principle P’?
      a. If a person knows that p, then he knows that q.
      b. If a person knows that p, and knows that p entails q, then q.
      c. If a person knows that p, and knows that p entails q, then he knows that q.
      d. If a person knows that p, but p doesn’t entail q, then he doesn’t know that q.
  3. How is Nozick able to escape the threat of skepticism?
      a. He argues that we have had an appropriate amount of causal contact with the external world to be able to refer to it.
      b. He denies Principle P.
      c. He denies that our beliefs track truth.
      d. He argues that knowledge doesn’t require justification.
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