Epistemic Consequentialism, Veritism, and Scoring Rules

Erkenntnis 88 (4):1741-1765 (2023)
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We argue that there is a tension between two monistic claims that are the core of recent work in epistemic consequentialism. The first is a form of monism about epistemic value, commonly known as veritism: accuracy is the sole final objective to be promoted in the epistemic domain. The other is a form of monism about a class of epistemic scoring rules: that is, strictly proper scoring rules are the only legitimate measures of inaccuracy. These two monisms, we argue, are in tension with each other. If only accuracy has final epistemic value, then there are legitimate alternatives to strictly proper scoring rules. Our argument relies on the way scoring rules are used in contexts where accuracy is rewarded, such as education.

Author Profiles

Marc-Kevin Daoust
École de Technologie Supérieure
Charles Cote-Bouchard
Montmorency College


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