The social fabric of understanding: equilibrium, authority, and epistemic empathy

Synthese 199 (1-2):1185-1205 (2020)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
We discuss the social-epistemic aspects of Catherine Elgin’s theory of reflective equilibrium and understanding and argue that it yields an argument for the view that a crucial social-epistemic function of epistemic authorities is to foster understanding in their communities. We explore the competences that enable epistemic authorities to fulfil this role and argue that among them is an epistemic virtue we call “epistemic empathy”.
Keywords
No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
JGETSF
Upload history
First archival date: 2021-11-24
Latest version: 4 (2021-11-24)
View other versions
Added to PP index
2020-07-14

Total views
49 ( #56,516 of 64,228 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
22 ( #30,413 of 64,228 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.