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1. Introduction I believe that Tom is the proud father of a baby boy. Why do I think his child is a boy? A natural answer might be that I remember that his name is ‘Owen’ which is usually a boy’s name. Here I’ve given information that might be part of a causal explanation of my believing that Tom’s baby is a boy. I do have such a memory and it is largely what sustains my conviction. But I haven’t given you just any causally relevant information, I’ve given my grounds for my belief. I’ve given reasons that might justify me in supposing that Tom’s baby is a boy.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
White, Roger. "You just believe that because...." Philosophical Perspectives Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 573–615, December 2010.
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