David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 179 (3):479 - 500 (2011)
In this paper, I shall discuss a problem that arises when you try to combine an attractive account of what constitutes evidence with an independently plausible account of the kind of access we have to our evidence. According to E = K, our evidence consists of what we know. According to the principle of armchair access, we can know from the armchair what our evidence is. Combined, these claims entail that we can have armchair knowledge of the external world. Because it seems that the principle of armchair access is supported by widely shared intuitions about epistemic rationality, it seems we ought to embrace an internalist conception of evidence. I shall argue that this response is mistaken. Because externalism about evidence can accommodate the relevant intuitions about epistemic rationality, the principle of armchair access is unmotivated. We also have independent reasons for preferring externalism about evidence to the principle of armchair access
|Keywords||Evidence Internalism/Externalism Reasons and Rationality|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Peter Achinstein (ed.) (1983). The Concept of Evidence. Oxford University Press.
Robert Audi (1993). The Structure of Justification. Cambridge University Press.
Alexander Bird (2004). Is Evidence Non-Inferential? Philosophical Quarterly 54 (215):252–265.
Paul Boghossian (1989). Content and Self-Knowledge. Philosophical Topics 17 (1):5-26.
John Broome (1999). Normative Requirements. Ratio 12 (4):398–419.
Citations of this work BETA
Clayton Littlejohn (2011). Evidence and Knowledge. Erkenntnis 74 (2):241-262.
Similar books and articles
Guy Kahane (2013). The Armchair and the Trolley: An Argument for Experimental Ethics. Philosophical Studies 162 (2):421-445.
Ram Neta (2008). What Evidence Do You Have? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 59 (1):89-119.
Lara Buchak (2012). Can It Be Rational to Have Faith? In Jacob Chandler & Victoria Harrison (eds.), Probability in the Philosophy of Religion. Oxford University Press. 225.
Justin P. McBrayer (2009). Cornea and Inductive Evidence. Faith and Philosophy 26 (1):77-86.
Yuri Cath (2012). Evidence and Intuition. Episteme 9 (4):311-328.
Jeffrey Dunn (2012). Evidential Externalism. Philosophical Studies 158 (3):435-455.
Added to index2009-04-13
Total downloads251 ( #1,703 of 1,102,993 )
Recent downloads (6 months)16 ( #11,162 of 1,102,993 )
How can I increase my downloads?