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Authoritarian Epistemology

Richard Feldman

in Evidentialism

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780199253722
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199253722.003.0006
Authoritarian Epistemology

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Several recently defended views give a central role in the nature of epistemic justification to some kind of authority. In one version, the authority is oneself were one to reflect extremely carefully; in another, the authorities are experts in reasoning; and in the third, the expert is God (or “Nature”). This chapter argues that they all have the sort of explanatory flaw that is famously discussed in Plato's Euthyphro.

Keywords: epistemic objectivity; experts; justification; Richard Foley; Alvin Plantinga; Stephen Stich; subjectivism

Chapter.  10681 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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