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Judgment and Agency$
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Ernest Sosa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719694

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719694.001.0001

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Epistemic Agency

Epistemic Agency

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(p.192) 9 Epistemic Agency
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Judgment and Agency
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Ernest Sosa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719694.003.0009

Varieties of epistemic agency are distinguished, and we explore how such agency is related to normativity, freedom, reasons, competence, and skepticism. Three regions of our lives are distinguished: first a region of passivity populated by passive states such as pains and itches, second a region of functionings, which includes functional mental states, the functionality of some of which is explained for example in terms of the teleology of our perceptual systems, and third a region of free actions. In each case we find states of special interest and importance for epistemology. This threefold divide helps us to better formulate and resolve problems of epistemic regress or circularity, and other issues of traditional epistemology.

Keywords:   epistemic normativity, freedom of action, reasons, competence, epistemic agency, skepticism

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