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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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Abstract

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
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/105973

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