1st Edition

Epistemic Autonomy

Edited By Jonathan Matheson, Kirk Lougheed Copyright 2022
    358 Pages
    by Routledge

    358 Pages
    by Routledge

    This is the first book dedicated to the topic of epistemic autonomy. It features original essays from leading scholars that promise to significantly shape future debates in this emerging area of epistemology.

    While the nature of and value of autonomy has long been discussed in ethics and social and political philosophy, it remains an underexplored area of epistemology. The essays in this collection take up several interesting questions and approaches related to epistemic autonomy. Topics include the nature of epistemic autonomy, whether epistemic paternalism can be justified, autonomy as an epistemic value and/or vice, and the relation of epistemic autonomy to social epistemology and epistemic injustice.

    Epistemic Autonomy will be of interest to researchers and advanced students working in epistemology, ethics, and social and political philosophy.

    Introduction: Puzzles Concerning Epistemic Autonomy

    Jonathan Matheson and Kirk Lougheed

    Part I: The Nature of Epistemic Autonomy

    1. Epistemic Autonomy and Externalism

    J. Adam Carter

    2. Autonomy, Reflection, and Education

    Shane Ryan

    3. The Realm of Epistemic Ends

    Catherine Elgin

    4. Professional Philosophy Has an Epistemic Autonomy Problem

    Maura Priest

    Part II: Epistemic Autonomy and Paternalism

    5. Norms of Inquiry, Student-Led Learning, and Epistemic Paternalism

    Robert Mark Simpson

    6. Persuasion and Intellectual Autonomy

    Robin McKenna

    7. What’s Epistemic about Epistemic Paternalism?

    Liz Jackson

    Part III: Epistemic Autonomy and Epistemic Virtue & Value

    8. Intellectual Autonomy and Intellectual Interdependence

    Heather Battaly

    9. The Virtue of Epistemic Autonomy

    Jonathan Matheson

    10. Understanding and the Value of Intellectual Autonomy

    Jesús Vega-Encabo

    11. Epistemic Myopia

    Chris Dragos

    12. Intellectual Autonomy and its Vices

    Alessandra Tanesini

    13. Gaslighting, Humility, and the Manipulation of Autonomy

    Javier González de Prado

    Part IV: Epistemic Autonomy & Social Epistemology

    14. Epistemic Autonomy for Social Epistemologists: The Case of Moral Inheritance

    Sarah McGrath

    15. Epistemic Autonomy and the Right to be Confident

    Sanford Goldberg

    16. We Owe it to Others to Think for Ourselves

    Finnur Dellsén

    17. Epistemic Self-Governance and Trusting the Word of Others: Is There a Conflict?

    Elizabeth Fricker


    Jonathan Matheson is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Florida. He is the author of The Epistemic Significance of Disagreement and co-editor (with Rico Vitz) of The Ethics of Belief: Individual and Social.

    Kirk Lougheed is a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the University of Pretoria with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has published over 25 articles in such places as Philosophia, Ratio, and Synthese. He is the author of The Epistemic Benefits of Disagreement (2020), The Axiological Status of Theism and Other Worldviews (2020), and the editor of Four Views on the Axiology of Theism: What Difference Does God Make? (2020).