Perception, history and benefit

Simion, M. (2016) Perception, history and benefit. Episteme, 13(1), pp. 61-76. (doi: 10.1017/epi.2015.56)

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In recent literature, several authors attempt to naturalize epistemic normativity by employing an etiological account of functions. The thought is that epistemic entitlement consists in the normal functioning of our belief-acquisition systems, where the latter acquire the function to reliably deliver true beliefs through a history of biological benefit. This paper's aim is twofold. First, it puts pressure on the main proper functionalist claim; it is argued that a history of positive biological feedback is neither necessary nor sufficient for epistemic justification. Second, I suggest that this problem is sourced in a defect of application of functionalist accounts to epistemic normativity, and I offer a fix.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simion, Professor Mona
Authors: Simion, M.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Episteme
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1750-0117
Published Online:09 February 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in Episteme 13(1): 61-76
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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