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Quassim Cassam

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198826903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198826903.001.0001

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Vice and Knowledge

Vice and Knowledge

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(p.100) 5 Vice and Knowledge
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Vices of the Mind
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Quassim Cassam

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826903.003.0005

This chapter discusses the view, associated with David Hume and Saul Kripke, that the supposed epistemic vice of dogmatism can play a positive role in protecting our knowledge. It discusses Kripke’s dogmatism paradox and Kuhn’s view that dogmatism can play a positive role in normal science. This chapter argues that the supposed epistemic benefits of dogmatism have been greatly exaggerated and its epistemic drawbacks underestimated. The appropriate response to the claims of Holocaust deniers and other conspiracy theorists is not to avoid or ignore them but to rebut them. Knowers have responsibilities, including the responsibility not to dismiss challenges to their beliefs without good reason.

Keywords:   dogmatism, David Hume, Saul Kripke, dogmatism paradox, Thomas Kuhn

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