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.
Table of Contents
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
3. The Realm of Epistemic Ends
4. Professional Philosophy Has an Epistemic Autonomy Problem
Part II: Epistemic Autonomy and Paternalism
5. Norms of Inquiry, Student-Led Learning, and Epistemic Paternalism
Robert Mark Simpson
6. Persuasion and Intellectual Autonomy
7. What’s Epistemic about Epistemic Paternalism?
Part III: Epistemic Autonomy and Epistemic Virtue & Value
8. Intellectual Autonomy and Intellectual Interdependence
9. The Virtue of Epistemic Autonomy
10. Understanding and the Value of Intellectual Autonomy
11. Epistemic Myopia
12. Intellectual Autonomy and its Vices
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
15. Epistemic Autonomy and the Right to be Confident
16. We Owe it to Others to Think for Ourselves
17. Epistemic Self-Governance and Trusting the Word of Others: Is There a Conflict?
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).