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A Luxury of the UnderstandingOn the Value of True Belief$
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Allan Hazlett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674800.001.0001

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The Problem of the Source of Epistemic Normativity

The Problem of the Source of Epistemic Normativity

(p.130) (p.131) 5 The Problem of the Source of Epistemic Normativity
A Luxury of the Understanding

Hazlett Allan

Oxford University Press

The “problem of the source of epistemic normativity,” which is the problem of explaining the appropriateness of epistemic evaluation and epistemic reasons attribution, is introduced. Accounts of epistemic value in terms of wellbeing and social value are rejected, and an alternative type of account, “epistemic essentialism,” is introduced. The meaning of “epistemic” is discussed. On naturalistic grounds, it is argued that positing irreducible normativity should be avoided.

Keywords:   Epistemic normativity, epistemic value, epistemic reasons, essentialism, naturalism, normativity

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