Dell'Utri, Massimo (2005) Truth and fallibilism: a dubious combination in Robert Nozick's philosophy. Annali della Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere dell'Università di Sassari, Vol. 2 (2002 pubbl. 2005), p. 213-229. ISSN 1828-5384. Article.
I would like to start with an image. It is a well-known image, perhaps overused, but effective nevertheless. Robert Nozick - the figure my paper concentrates upon - also uses it. I refer to Neurath's boat, the image according to which human beings are like sailors on the open sea, living forever in a boat tossed by the waves, devoid of any possibility to call at a port in order to avail of a dry-dock in which the inevitable damage brought about by the long sea voyage through the waves can be repaired. The sailors can do nothing by try to refis sails and mend broken planks while on the open sea, using just the tools and materials they have at hand. As is quite clear, the analogy is between the boat and uman knowledge, the waves and the experience given by the world, the dock and the foundations.
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