Synthese 194 (7):2631-2643 (2017)

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James Andow
University of East Anglia
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Direct epistemic consequentialism is the idea that X is epistemically permissible iff X maximizes epistemic value. It has received lots of attention in recent years and is widely accepted by philosophers to have counterintuitive implications. There are various reasons one might suspect that the relevant intuitions will not be widely shared among non-philosophers. This paper presents an initial empirical study of ordinary intuitions. The results of two experiments demonstrate that the counterintuitiveness of epistemic consequentialism is more than a philosophers' worry---the folk seem to agree!
Keywords Epistemology  Epistemic Consequentialism  Epistemic Rationality  Consequentialism  Intuitions  Experimental Philosophy  Epistemic Value
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-016-1071-7
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