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Alvin I. Goldman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238207.001.0001

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The Framework

The Framework

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(p.69) Three The Framework
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Knowledge in a Social World
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Alvin I. Goldman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198238207.003.0003

From a veritistic standpoint, true belief is better than either ignorance or error, and higher degrees of belief in truths are better than lower degrees of belief, at least on topics of interest. These sorts of states have “fundamental” veritistic value (in varying degrees), and practices that produce changes in veritistically valuable states have “instrumental” veritistic value (V‐value). Veritistic social epistemology evaluates actual and possible social practices in terms of instrumental V‐value. This conception is preferable to rivals such as consensus consequentialism, utility consequentialism, and pure proceduralism. The feasibility of veritistic analysis is defended, worries about circularity are allayed, and various technical details are explored.

Keywords:   circularity, consequentialism, degrees of belief, procedurism, veritistic value

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