Professor Godfrey Vesey introduces a discussion between Martha Kneale and Phillips Griffiths as to whether knowledge can be satisfactorily defined as justified true belief. The debate centres on wh...ether a person can know something without realising he has that knowledge.
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Module code and title: A303, Problems of philosophy
Item code: A303; 07
First transmission date: 13-06-1973
Published: 1973
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Duration: 00:24:23
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Producer: Patricia Hodgson
Contributors: A Phillips-Griffiths; Martha Kneale; Godfrey Norman Agmondisham Vesey
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Darwin; Evolution
Footage description: Godfrey Vesey opens the discussion and introduces the main theme of the discussion. Martha Kneale and A. Phillips-Griffiths state their respective positions, the former taking the conventional view that knowledge is justified belief, the latter that too heavy an emphasis is placed upon the element of justification. A.Phillips-Griffiths further clarifies his position, arguing that there are cases where the justification need not come from previously received items of knowledge but from some external factors of which it is not necessary that the person be aware in order for him to say that he knows such and such a thing. Martha Kneale claiming that the reverse is true restates her case. The respective viewpoints are further discussed using intuitive action that is right (chicken sexing is the chosen example) as an example in support of A.Phillips-Griffiths viewpoint. Martha Kneale attacks it. The discussion continues with a different examples, hypothetical and actual, Darwin's theory of evolution. Godfrey Vesey attempts to resume the differences between Martha Kneale and A.Phillips-Griffiths. The discussion returns to the example of Darwin's theory of evolution. The sequence is mainly A. Phillips-Griffiths. The discussion closes with a measure of agreement on their points of difference.
Master spool number: 6HT/70883
Production number: 00525_3023
Videofinder number: 605
Available to public: yes