Open Your Eyes and Look Harder! (An Investigation into the Idea of a Responsible Search)

Southern Journal of Philosophy 46 (3):409-430 (2008)
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In this paper, I explore and defend the idea that we have epistemic responsibilities with respect to our visual searches, responsibilities that are far more fine-grained and interesting than the trivial responsibilities to keep our eyes open and “look hard”. In order to have such responsibilities, we must be able to exert fine-grained and interesting forms of control over our visual searches. I present both an intuitive case and an empirical case for thinking that we do, in fact, have such forms of control over our visual searches. I then show how these forms of control can be used to aim the visual beliefs that result from our searches towards various epistemic goals

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Robert Schroer
University of Minnesota, Duluth


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