Describe Ungers crystal -ball examplethe gypsy
State Ungers analysis of knowledge. Then describe Ungers crystal -ball
examplethe gypsy example. (See pp. 163-164.) What does Unger build into
the example for thinking that the boy knows what the crystal ball reports? What
does he build into the example for thinking that the boy is not justified in
believing what the crystal ball reports? Does the boy know? Why or why not?
Maximum: 260 words
What will I be looking for: A coherent, concise, well-written essay that (i) states
Ungers analysis and his crystal-ball example, (ii) that also states why,
according to Unger, the boy knows the propositions reported by the crystal ball
and (iii) why, according to Unger, the boy is not justified in believing the
propositions reported by the crystal ball. Also, say what you think and why
about whether the boy knows. Ungers article should be listed in the references.
(Of course, any other sources you use also need to be properly cited and
Other important information: 1. I take the maximum length seriously; I stop
reading at the maximum. 2. Be sure to read over the Formats-for-Papers page;
it includes information on how the papers should be turned in and on how to
include citations and references. 3. This should mostly be a straightforward
expository paper. Dont try to do too much!
Unger, P. (1968) An Analysis of Factual Knowledge Journal of Philosophy
These papers will usually be less than a page long. Though a title would nice, there should be no separate title page. The title should only occur where the paper begins.
Typically, these papers do not need an introduction or a conclusion.
All papers should be typed, double-spaced, with a standard 12 point font.
Do not put your name anywhere on the front of the paper. Instead, fold the paper from left to right, and print your name in the upper corner. This allows me to grade each paper without knowing who the author is. (This instills a bit more fairness and objectivity into the process.)
I stop reading when I reach the word limit. I base the grade just on what Ive read.
See information on citations and references below. Also see the list of common grammatical mistakes below.