Epistemic Akrasia

Noûs 48 (4):718-744 (2014)

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Sophie Horowitz
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Abstract
Many views rely on the idea that it can never be rational to have high confidence in something like, “P, but my evidence doesn’t support P.” Call this idea the “Non-Akrasia Constraint”. Just as an akratic agent acts in a way she believes she ought not act, an epistemically akratic agent believes something that she believes is unsupported by her evidence. The Non-Akrasia Constraint says that ideally rational agents will never be epistemically akratic. In a number of recent papers, the Non-Akrasia Constraint has been called into question. The goal of this paper is to defend it... for the most part.
Keywords akrasia  higher-order evidence  defeat  epistemic levels
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