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Foundationalism

  • There must be a foundation of epistemically basic beliefs that support all our justified beliefs
  • A belief is justified when it is inferred from basic beliefs
  • How do we tell which beliefs are basic?

Classical Foundationalism

  • All justification ultimately rests on a foundation of basic beliefs which are indubitable or infallible

Non-Classical (Weak) Foundationalism

  • There are some basic beliefs that are minimally justified without reference to other beliefs
    • This justification could be potentially overturned by other beliefs
  • Can stop an infinite regress of belief justification

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