An externalist decision theory for a pragmatic epistemology

In Pragmatic Encroachment in Epistemology. Routledge (2019)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In recent years, some epistemologists have argued that practical factors can make the difference between knowledge and mere true belief. While proponents of this pragmatic thesis have proposed necessary and sufficient conditions for knowledge, it is striking that they have failed to address Gettier cases. As a result, the proposed analyses of knowledge are either lacking explanatory power or susceptible to counterexamples. Gettier cases are also worth reflecting on because they raise foundational questions for the pragmatist. Underlying these challenges is the fact that pragmatic epistemologies not only rely upon normative theories of rational choice but also require externalist standards to rule out epistemic luck. Unfortunately, we lack adequate externalist theories of rational choice. In response, I address these foundational challenges by offering the outlines of an externalist decision theory. While this task is an ambitious one that I cannot hope to complete, I survey the outlines of a decision-theoretic framework on which a richer pragmatic epistemology can be developed. My hope is that this framework opens up new avenues of exploration for the pragmatic epistemologist.
Keywords
No keywords specified (fix it)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
KIMAED
Revision history
Archival date: 2018-09-01
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Knowledge in an Uncertain World.Fantl, Jeremy & McGrath, Matthew
Knowing Full Well.Sosa, Ernest

View all 36 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2018-09-01

Total views
152 ( #26,241 of 50,123 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
41 ( #15,025 of 50,123 )

How can I increase my downloads?

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