Historical versus current time slice theories in epistemology

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This chapter explores one theme that in the author judgment has not received as much sustained attention as it warrants: the distinction between historical and current time slice theories of epistemic justification. It devotes to the hermeneutical tasks of explicating and contextualizing the distinction between historical and current time slice theories. The chapter examines Goldman's longstanding claim that no current time slice theory can possibly do justice to the epistemic role of preservative memory. It argues that a principle governing preservative memory proposed by Goldman. The author argues that a recent attempt by Earl Conee and Richard Feldman to meet Goldman's challenge by providing a current time slice reconstruction of the relevant epistemic phenomena is similarly unsuccessful. The chapter develops argument against current time slice theories, an argument that proceeds from the detailed consideration of certain cases involving temporally extended reasoning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGoldman and His Critics
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781118609378
ISBN (Print)9780470673676
StatePublished - Aug 19 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Current time slice theories
  • Epistemic justification
  • Goldman
  • Hermeneutical tasks
  • Historical time slice theories
  • Preservative memory


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