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Epistemic Consequentialism

H. Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij and Jeffrey Dunn

Abstract

An important issue in epistemology concerns the source of epistemic normativity. Epistemic consequentialism maintains that epistemic norms are genuine norms in virtue of the way in which they are conducive to epistemic value, whatever epistemic value may be. So, for example, the epistemic consequentialist might say that it is a norm that beliefs should be consistent in virtue of the fact that holding consistent beliefs is the best way to achieve the epistemic value of accuracy. Thus epistemic consequentialism is structurally similar to the familiar family of consequentialist views in ethics. R ... More

Keywords: epistemic normativity, consequentialism, epistemic value, epistemic utility, reliabilism, formal epistemology, accuracy, rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779681.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, editor
Birkbeck College, University of London

Jeffrey Dunn, editor
DePauw University

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Introduction

Jeffrey Dunn and Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij

Part I Epistemic Consequentialism: The Right and the Good

1 The Right in the Good

Clayton Littlejohn

4 Epistemic Teleology

Ralph Wedgwood

6 Good Questions

Alejandro Pérez Carballo

Part II Accuracy-First Epistemology: For and Against

9 Making Things Right

Richard Pettigrew

Part III Epistemic Consequentialism Applied

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