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EvidentialismEssays in Epistemology$
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Earl Conee and Richard Feldman

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199253722.001.0001

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Authoritarian Epistemology

Authoritarian Epistemology

(p.111) 5 Authoritarian Epistemology

Richard Feldman (Contributor Webpage)

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Several recently defended views give a central role in the nature of epistemic justification to some kind of authority. In one version, the authority is oneself were one to reflect extremely carefully; in another, the authorities are experts in reasoning; and in the third, the expert is God (or “Nature”). This chapter argues that they all have the sort of explanatory flaw that is famously discussed in Plato's Euthyphro.

Keywords:   epistemic objectivity, experts, justification, Richard Foley, Alvin Plantinga, Stephen Stich, subjectivism

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