Causal theory of knowledge

Any theory which says that to know a truth one must believe it and one’s belief must stand in a certain causal relation to the truth itself.

For example, I know that Caesar crossed the Rubicon if his doing so caused some historian to write a book saying so, which caused my local library to buy it, which caused me to read and believe it.

The causal connection might be more complex than a simple chain, and the knower might have to make some inferences.

Objections include the case of timeless truths like those of mathematics, which do not seem to cause anything; and the possibility that the causal chain might be of the wrong sort, so that intuitively one would not say that here was a case of knowledge. (This entry ignores the distinction between facts and events).

A I Goldman, ‘A Causal Theory of Knowing’, Journal of Philosophy (1967)

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