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    Yes, nobody knows anything; I’m not surprised that this improves the software-engineering experience.

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      Setting aside the utility of the concept to programming – and I generally do think not only programmers but most people in general could benefit from thinking a bit more about their epistemology – and dusting off my nearly-twenty-year-old philosophy degree… “shook philosophy” is kind of a stretch. There was a bit of a trend at the time of overturning long-held assumptions in epistemology – Quine’s Two Dogmas of Empiricism being the best-known and probably most impactful, and if you really asked me to pick a paper from this era that “shook philosophy (meaning epistemology specifically)” that’s the one that immediately would leap to mind – but my own take on it is that Gettier was following rather than setting the trend, and was largely “overturning” something that already wasn’t really a deeply-held assumption. Epistemology is a big field, was already going through a lot in the mid 20th century, and there’s never been a single “orthodox” view on anything as fundamental as what Gettier termed the JTB.

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