Knowledge From Forgetting

Research paper by Sven Bernecker, Thomas Grundmann

Indexed on: 26 Oct '17Published on: 13 Oct '17Published in: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research


This paper provides a novel argument for granting memory the status of a generative source of justification and knowledge. Memory can produce justified output beliefs and knowledge on the basis of unjustified input beliefs alone. The key to understanding how memory can generate justification and knowledge, memory generativism, is to bear in mind that memory frequently omits part of the stored information. The proposed argument depends on a broadly reliabilist approach to justification.