In Epistemology, the Internalist
position which holds a belief is epistemically justified in one of two ways:
- If it is self-evidently true and therefore self-justifying (sometimes referred to as “terminal” beliefs because
they are the termination point in the chain of justification)
- If it is rationally derived directly or indirectly from a foundational belief which, because of
its self-evident nature, requires no further justification.
This model of Internalist justification is often characterized as linear since justification travels directly
from foundational beliefs upward to non-terminal beliefs.