“On my way down to the elevator I release a trash bag down the chute from my high rise condo. Presumably, I know my bag will soon be in the basement. But what if, having been released, it still (incredibly) were not to arrive there? That presumably would be because it had been snagged somehow in the chute on the way down (an incredibly rare occurrence), or some such happenstance.”
The happenstance under examination was posited by professor Ernest Sosa in his article ‘Contextualism and Skepticism’ (Noûs, Volume 34, pages 1–18, October 2000 ). It has been suggested that the so-called ‘Trash Chute’ example (‘Rubbish-Chute’ in the UK) can be used to illustrate the concept of Anti-Luck (AL).
“. . . imagine, for example, that there is a snag in the chute that the bag is almost snagging on each time.“
In that case, the seemingly reliable arrival of the garbage in the basement would (unbeknownst to Sosa) actually be quite a lucky occurrence. Other examples reference the luck (or Anti Luck) of target-hitting professional archers (who aren’t lucky, but skilful), lottery winners (who are lucky rather than skilful) and, especially, chicken sexers (who may or may not be lucky or skilful).
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