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  1. foundationalismnoun

    The doctrine that beliefs derive justification from certain basic beliefs


  1. Foundationalism

    In philosophy, foundationalism is an epistemological theory which holds that basic beliefs exist and are the foundation for all other justified beliefs. The theory rests on the assumption that beliefs must be justified by other beliefs. This creates a regress problem, as each belief used as justification must itself be justified, creating an infinite regression of justification in which no beliefs are justified. Foundationalism intends to avoid this problem by positing basic beliefs: these beliefs can justify other beliefs but do not need to be justified themselves so can serve as foundations to knowledge. Classical foundationalism holds that these basic beliefs must be infallible, and that justification may only consist of deductive reasoning from one belief to the next. More recently, modest foundationalists have in various ways allowed basic beliefs to be fallible, and inductive reasoning between beliefs, to be sufficient for justification. Both internalists and externalists have proposed foundationalist theories; internalists require that a person have cognitive access to the means of justification for a belief to be justified while externalists allow a belief to be justified without such access.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foundationalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foundationalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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