Definition of fallibilism in US English:



  • The principle that propositions concerning empirical knowledge can be accepted even though they cannot be proved with certainty.

    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Focusing on the epistemic responsibility aspect of justification inclines us to fallibilism about knowledge.’