Withhold by Default: A Difference Between Epistemic and Practical Rationality

Philosophical Studies (forthcoming)
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Abstract

It may seem that epistemic and practical rationality weigh reasons differently, because ties in practical rationality tend to generate permissions and ties in epistemic rationality tend to generate a requirement to withhold judgment. I argue that epistemic and practical rationality weigh reasons in the same way, but they have different "default biases". Practical rationality is biased toward every option being permissible whereas epistemic rationality is biased toward withholding judgment's being required.

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Chris Tucker
William & Mary

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