Philosophy at St Andrews

Philosophy Club - 'Reasons, Basing and Warrant'

Wed 3rd April 2019 16:00

Room 104, Edgecliffe

Mona Simion


Externalisms don’t sit comfortably with reasons. On the one hand, if you are someone who thinks that the permissibility of a token belief hangs in important ways on the epistemic credentials of the process or ability involved in its formation, talk of reasons is just not very easy to accommodate: what are reasons for belief, and, more importantly, how do they fit in this ‘machine-product model’ of epistemic warrant? What happens when we base beliefs on reasons, and how is that a good thing, epistemically? This talk is up to an ambitious task: it aims to develop an integrated account of reasons, basing and warrant within a knowledge first proper functionalist framework. I first outline the basic structure of the account and define its building blocks. Second, I look at rival, virtue reliabilist proposals on the market, and I argue that my account wins the day in terms of theoretical virtues.

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