Date of Award

January 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Matthias Steup

Committee Member 1

Paul Draper

Committee Member 2

Rod Bertolet


I this paper, I introduce an internalist theory of justification which I call restricted internalist reliabilism. The main concern of the theory is to explain when a belief source, particularly perceptual experiences, can be a source of justification. I will discuss three alternative internalist theories: dogmatism, conservatism and internalist reliabilism and discuss objections and difficulties associated with each. I will then argue how restricted internalist reliabilism can address many of those objections. Also I present the response that each of these theories provide against the skeptic and argue for superiority of restricted internalist reliabilism’s response compared to the other three theories.