Inquiring Attitudes and Erotetic Logic: Norms of Restriction and Expansion

Journal of the American Philosophical Association:1-23 (forthcoming)
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Abstract

A fascinating recent turn in epistemology focuses on inquiring attitudes like wondering and being curious. Many have argued that these attitudes are governed by norms similar to those that govern our doxastic attitudes. Yet, to date, this work has only considered norms that might *prohibit* having certain inquiring attitudes (``norms of restriction''), while ignoring those that might *require* having them (``norms of expansion''). We aim to address that omission by offering a framework that generates norms of expansion for inquiring attitudes. The framework draws on inferential erotetic logic, which we explain and augment with some theorems. We explore several of the norms that it yields - some sympathetically, others unsympathetically.

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Dennis Whitcomb
Western Washington University
Jared A. Millson
Rhodes College

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