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  • Print publication year: 2018
  • Online publication date: November 2018

Chapter 6 - Constructing Averroes’ Epistemology*

Summary

Averroes was a foundationalist who thought that knowledge in the strict sense must be grounded in certain first principles which are in turn derived (only) from sense-experience. We can have certainty about contingent truths and on the basis of individual encounters rather than only through induction from many experiences. The chapter also discusses the low assessment of evidence given by beliefs acquired through testimony.