Does reliabilism have a temporality problem?
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Abstract Matthew Frise claims that reliabilist theories of justiﬁcation have a
temporality problem—the problem of providing a principled account of the tem-
poral parameters of a process’s performance that determine whether that process is
reliable at a given time. Frise considers a representative sample of principled
temporal parameters and argues that there are serious problems with all of them. He
concludes that the prospects for solving the temporality problem are bleak.
Importantly, Frise argues that the temporality problem constitutes a new reason to
reject reliabilism. On this point, I argue that Frise is mistaken. There are serious
interpretive difﬁculties with Frise’s argument. In this essay, I show that there are
principled and reasonable temporal parameters for the reliabilist to adopt that
successfully undermine the interpretations of Frise’s argument that only invoke
plausible premises. There are interpretations of Frise’s argument that leave relia-
bilism without a clear parameter solution. However, I argue that these interpreta-
tions invoke controversial premises that are at best unmotivated, and at worst they
merely re-raise older disputes about reliabilism. In any event, the temporality
problem fails to constitute a new reason to reject reliabilism.
Keywords Process reliabilism Á Justiﬁcation Á Reliability problem Á Generality
problem Á Alvin Goldman Á Temporality problem
& Jeffrey Tolly
University of Notre Dame, 100 Malloy Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA