Title

Towards a contextualist account of epistemic values

Document Type

Presentation

Source Publication

Bled Philosophical Conference 2007 : Epistemology

Publication Date

5-28-2007

Publisher

Slovenian Society for Analytic Philosophy

Abstract

The value problem in epistemology is to explain why knowledge is more valuable than mere true belief. Or so it is commonly construed. Various solutions to the quandary have been proposed, but so far none has gained wide acceptance. Perhaps, then, we should abandon the idea that knowledge is more valuable than mere true belief. This is what we shall argue, but with one important qualification: Knowledge is not generally more valuable than mere true belief. Certain epistemic contexts, however, are ruled by diachronic aspects of the truth goal of believing. In these contexts the properties that turn a true belief into knowledge add extra value to the belief. For example, in addition to the truth of a belief currently under consideration we are often interested in the subject's future performances as a reliable epistemic agent. According to the contextualist account of epistemic values we propose, epistemological value monism can be preserved. But the value problem should be reformulated. The task is not to explain why, but rather whenknowledge is more valuable than true belief.

Recommended Citation

Jäger, C., & Rowbottom, D. (2007, May). Towards a contextualist account of epistemic values. Paper presented at the Bled Philosophical Conference 2007: Epistemology, Bled, Slovenia.

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