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Epistemic NormsNew Essays on Action, Belief, and Assertion$
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Clayton Littlejohn and John Turri

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660025.001.0001

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The Unity of Reason

The Unity of Reason

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(p.135) 7 The Unity of Reason
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Epistemic Norms
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Clayton Littlejohn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660025.003.0008

Cases of reasonable, mistaken belief figure prominently in discussions of the knowledge norm of assertion and practical reason as putative counterexamples to these norms. These cases are supposed to show that the knowledge norm is too demanding and that some weaker norm (e.g., a justification or reasonable belief norm) ought to be put in its place. These cases don’t show what they’re intended to. When you assert something false or treat some falsehood as if it’s a reason for action, you might deserve an excuse. You often don’t deserve even that.

Keywords:   epistemic norms, practical reason, knowledge-first epistemology, epistemic obligation, excuses, moral responsibility

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