Why open-minded people should endorse dogmatism

Philosophical Perspectives 24 (1):529-545 (2010)
Abstract
Open-minded people should endorse dogmatism because of its explanatory power. Dogmatism holds that, in the absence of defeaters, a seeming that P necessarily provides non-inferential justification for P. I show that dogmatism provides an intuitive explanation of four issues concerning non-inferential justification. It is particularly impressive that dogmatism can explain these issues because prominent epistemologists have argued that it can’t address at least two of them. Prominent epistemologists also object that dogmatism is absurdly permissive because it allows a seeming to provide justification even if the seeming was caused in some apparently inappropriate way. I conclude by disarming this objection.
Keywords dogmatism  phenomenal conservatism  speckled hen problem  perceptual justification  blindsight  associative visual agnosia  seemings
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