Noûs 46 (3):449-482 (2012)

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Peter Graham
University of California, Riverside
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What is the best account of process reliabilism about epistemic justification, especially epistemic entitlement? I argue that entitlement consists in the normal functioning (proper operation) of the belief-forming process when the process has forming true beliefs reliably as an etiological function. Etiological functions involve consequence explanation: a belief-forming process has forming true beliefs reliably as a function just in case forming-true beliefs reliably partly explains the persistence of the process. This account paves the way for avoiding standard objections to process reliabilism and situations epistemic entitlement within a normative framework of functions and functional norms.
Keywords Reliabilism  Epistemic Justification  Proper Function  Tyler Burge  Alvin Goldman  Ruth Millikan  Larry Wright  Function  Entitlement  New Evil Demon Problem
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