Definition of fallibilism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfaləbəˌlizəm/


The principle that propositions concerning empirical knowledge can be accepted even though they cannot be proved with certainty.
Example sentences
  • Focusing on the epistemic responsibility aspect of justification inclines us to fallibilism about knowledge.
  • The core claim here is that fallibilism is different from relativism, suggesting that it is possible to distinguish between truth and the context of justification of claims to truth.
  • Karl Popper endorses fallibilism, which he defines as ‘the view, or the acceptance of the fact, that we may err, and that the quest for certainty (or even the quest for high probability) is a mistaken quest.’



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Under the pressure of Stoic objections to his fallibilist epistemology Philo apparently made some controversial innovations in Academic philosophy.
  • Viewing knowledge as a tool for enriching experience, pragmatism tends to be pluralistic, experimental, fallibilist, and naturalistic.
  • If you are still a contented fallibilist, despite my plea to hear the sceptical argument afresh, you will probably be discontented with the Rule of Attention.

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Syllabification: fal·li·bi·lism

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