Erkenn https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-018-0021-9 ORIGINAL RESEARCH Traditional Internalism and Foundational Justiﬁcation Gregory Stoutenburg Received: 24 August 2017 / Accepted: 24 May 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Several arguments attempt to show that if traditional, acquaintance-based epistemic internalism is true, we cannot have foundational justiﬁcation for believing falsehoods. I examine some of those arguments and ﬁnd them wanting. Neverthe- less, an infallibilist position about foundational justiﬁcation is highly plausible: prima facie, much more plausible than moderate foundationalism. I conclude with some remarks about the dialectical position we infallibilists ﬁnd ourselves in with respect to arguing for our preferred view and some considerations regarding how infallibilists should develop their account of infallible foundational justiﬁcation. In particular, I provide an account of how propositions that moderate foundationalists claim are foundationally justiﬁed derive their epistemic support from infallibly known propositions. This is possible when a foundational proposition is coarsely- grained enough to correspond to determinable properties exempliﬁed in experience or determinate properties that a subject insufﬁciently attends to; one may have inferential justiﬁcation derived from such a basis when a more ﬁnely-grained proposition includes in its content one of the ways that the foundational proposition could be true. 1
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