Epistemological Duties

Richard Feldman

in The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195301700
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Epistemological Duties

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This article uses three main questions to illuminate the topic of epistemological duties. First, it asks what the epistemological duties are. After suggesting that epistemological duties pertain to the development of appropriate cognitive attitudes, it asks the second question which argues about making a duty epistemological. Some of the quotations given in this article suggest that certain duties or obligations are epistemological (or epistemic) duties or obligations. Epistemological duties apparently differ from other sorts of duties, such as moral duties. This raises a question about what makes a particular duty an epistemological duty. This article suggests that a duty is epistemological if it is carried out with the goal in mind of being a rational believer. The third question in this article asks how these epistemological duties interact with other kinds of duties.

Keywords: epistemological duties; cognitive attitudes; obligations; moral duties; rational believer

Article.  10547 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology

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