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date: 18 November 2018

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How does experience justify belief? The chapter begins by clarifying ‘experience’ and the different ways experience might support beliefs about the external world. It then surveys a range of features of experience that might explain its ability to justify beliefs. The chapter begins with constitutive features of experience, including phenomenal character, its contents, its status as attentive or inattentive. It goes on to examine causal features of experience such as its reliability, and the impact of other mental states on its formation. In the course of the discussion, the chapter also addresses the relationships between visual experience and seeing, and examines what it might take to gain knowledge on the basis of experience.

Keywords: perception, consciousness, attention, vision, justification, rationality, scepticism, knowledge, reliability, perceptual content, internalism, externalism

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