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Perception, history and benefit

Simion, Mona 2016. Perception, history and benefit. Episteme 13 (01) , pp. 61-76. 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: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1742-3600
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 20 April 2016
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 03:54

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