Peter Klein

Peter D. Klein
Professor I

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Office: Seminary 3 - 207
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Phone: (732) 932-9861
B.A., Earlham College; Ph.D., Yale University
Research and Professional Activities
My current research focuses on the various theories of justification -- foundationalism, coherentism and infinitism. The latter view, namely that the structure of justificatory reasons is infinite and non-repeating, has never been carefully investigated primarily because it was thought that there are obvious, sound objections to it. I do not think those objections are sound. Further, I think there are some unanswerable objections to foundationalism and coherentism. The task is to uncover the advantages and drawbacks of infinitism.


“Human Knowledge and the Infinite Progress of Reasoning,” Philosophical Studies, 134. 1, 2007, 1-17.

Translated and reprinted: “El conocimiento humano y el progreso infinito del razonamiento.” Signos Filosoficos, 10.19, 2008, 175-204.

“How to be an Infinitist about Doxastic Justification,” Philosophical Studies, 134.1, 2007, 25-29.

“Contemporary Responses to Agrippa’s Trilemma,” The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism, ed. John Greco, Oxford University Press, 2008, 484-503.

“Useful False Beliefs,” Epistemology: New Essays, Quentin Smith (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2008, 25-61.

“Self-Profile,” Blackwell Companion to Epistemology, second edition, Mathias Steup (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 156-163.

“Infinitism,” Routledge Companion to Epistemology, Sven Bernecker (ed), Routledge, 2011, 245-56,



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