Higher Order Evidence

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (1):185-215 (2010)
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Abstract

Sometimes we get evidence of our own epistemic malfunction. This can come from finding out we’re fatigued, or have been drugged, or that other competent and well-informed thinkers disagree with our beliefs. This sort of evidence seems to seems to behave differently from ordinary evidence about the world. In particular, getting such evidence can put agents in a position where the most rational response involves violating some epistemic ideal

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David Christensen
Brown University

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