Knowledge-First Evidentialism and the Dilemmas of Self-Impact

In Kevin McCain, Scott Stapleford & Matthias Steup (eds.), Epistemic Dilemmas (2021)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

When a belief is self-fulfilling, having it guarantees its truth. When a belief is self-defeating, having it guarantees its falsity. These are the cases of “self-impacting” beliefs to be examined below. Scenarios of self-defeating beliefs can yield apparently dilemmatic situations in which we seem to lack sufficient reason to have any belief whatsoever. Scenarios of self-fulfilling beliefs can yield apparently dilemmatic situations in which we seem to lack reason to have any one belief over another. Both scenarios have been used independently to challenge Evidentialism, on which what we may rationally believe is all and only what fits our current evidence. Here we tie the two scenarios together and explore what a knowledge-sensitive evidentialist approach to one implies for the other.

Author Profiles

Eyal Tal
Brandeis University
Paul Silva Jr.
University of Cologne

Analytics

Added to PP
2020-11-16

Downloads
259 (#33,939)

6 months
47 (#27,876)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?