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Epistemic Duties

New Arguments, New Angles, 1st Edition

Edited by Kevin McCain, Scott Stapleford


320 pages

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Hardback: 9780367141103
pub: 2020-06-02
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There are arguably moral, legal and prudential constraints on behavior. But are there epistemic constraints on belief? Are there any requirements arising from intellectual considerations alone? This volume includes original essays written by top epistemologists that address this and closely related questions from a variety of new, sometimes unexpected, angles. It features a wide variety of positions, ranging from arguments for and against the existence of purely epistemic requirements, reductions of epistemic requirements to moral or prudential requirements, the biological foundations of epistemic requirements, extensions of the scope of epistemic requirements to include such things as open-mindedness, eradication of implicit bias and interpersonal duties to object, to new applications such as epistemic requirements pertaining to storytelling, testimony and fundamentalist beliefs. Anyone interested in the nature of responsibility, belief or epistemic normativity will find a range of useful arguments and fresh ideas in this cutting-edge anthology.

Table of Contents

Introductory Note

Kevin McCain and Scott Stapleford

Part I: The Nature of Epistemic Duty

1 Epistemic Duty, Justified Belief, and Voluntary Control

Matthias Steup

2 Believing Badly: Doxastic Duties are not Epistemic Duties

Miriam Schleifer McCormick

3 Evading the Doxastic Puzzle by Deflating Epistemic Normativity

Luis Oliveira

4 Epistemic Tension and Epistemic Duty: A Rossian Account

Mark T. Nelson

5 Intellectual Responsibility and the Scope of the Will

Robert Audi

6 We Are Like American Robins

Ema Sullivan-Bissett

Part II: Epistemic Duties of Individuals

7 Bound by the Evidence

Scott Stapleford and Kevin McCain

8 Epistemic Duty and Implicit Bias

Lindsay Rettler and Bradley Rettler

9 Robust Justification

Jonathan Matheson

10 Ought to Believe vs. Ought to Reflect

Anthony Robert Booth

11 Wisdom, Open-Mindedness, and Epistemic Duty

Sharon Ryan

12 On What We Should Believe (And When (and Why) We Should Believe What We Know We Should Not Believe)

Clayton Littlejohn

13 The Normative Ground of the Evidential Ought

Anne Meylan

Part III: Social Epistemic Duties

14 Responsibility for Fundamentalist Belief

Rik Peels

15 Trust, Testimony, and Reasons for Belief

Rebecca Wallbank and Andrew Reisner

16 When the Personal Becomes Political: How Do We Fulfil Our Epistemic Duties Relative to the Use of Autobiographical Stories in Public Debates?

Lisa Bortolotti and Sophie Stammers

17 Dialectical Responsibility and Regress Skepticism

Scott Aikin

18 Epistemic Duties Regarding Others

Jennifer Lackey

About the Editors

Kevin McCain is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His published works include: Evidentialism and Epistemic Justification (Routledge, 2014), The Nature of Scientific Knowledge: An Explanatory Approach (2016), and with Kostas Kampourakis Uncertainty: How It Makes Science Advance (2019).

Scott Stapleford is Professor of Philosophy at St. Thomas University, Fredericton. He is the author of Kant’s Transcendental Arguments: Disciplining Pure Reason (Bloomsbury, 2008), coauthor (with Tyron Goldschmidt) of Berkeley’s Principles: Expanded and Explained (Routledge, 2016) and Hume’s Enquiry: Expanded and Explained (Routledge, forthcoming), and coauthor (with Lorne Falkenstein and Molly Kao) of Logic Works: A Rigorous Introduction to Formal Logic (Routledge, forthcoming).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Epistemology

The Routledge Studies in Epistemology series features monographs and edited collections on cutting-edge research topics in contemporary epistemology. It includes both new arguments on hot topics and new angles and innovative takes on established epistemological subjects. The series spans all areas of epistemology, including emerging issues in applied and social epistemology. It is a leading resource for scholars and graduate students looking for the newest and most important developments in epistemology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology