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Reliability theory, philosophy: reliability theory is a theory about the occurrence of knowledge. It attempts to explain how subjects in some cases have knowledge, without being able to explain this knowledge for themselves and others. See also causal theory of knowledge, knowledge, regularity, unconscious.

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Reliability/Knowledge/Thinking/Millikan: Thesis: to know what I think is to have a program in me that can carry out the correct acts of identification, of the referents of my current thought-token.
Gradual: how good I am is gradual and depends on my dexterity and reliability. This helps me when I know a lot about the object. Thereby, repititions of the name of the thing are earlier acts of identification, and thus more intensions that facilitate my access to the thing.
Problem: these intensions themselves must also be reliable.
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Intension/Millikan. The intensions which I have of an object must also have had occasion to be applied.
For example, "My great grandfather on my father's side a hundred generations before me" is a definite description, but hardly tangible as an intension. Therefore it may be that I do not know what object I think of.

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R. G. Millikan
Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories: New Foundations for Realism Cambridge 1987

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