Proper function and defeating experiences

Synthese 182 (3):433-447 (2011)
Abstract
Jonathan Kvanvig has argued that what he terms “doxastic” theories of epistemic justification fail to account for certain epistemic features having to do with evidence. I’m going to give an argument roughly along these lines, but I’m going to focus specifically on proper function theories of justification or warrant. In particular, I’ll focus on Michael Bergmann’s recent proper function account of justification, though the argument applies also to Alvin Plantinga’s proper function account of warrant. The epistemic features I’m concerned about are experiences that should generate a believed defeater but don’t. I’ll argue that proper functionalism as it stands cannot account for the epistemic effects of these defeating experiences—or, at least, that it can only do so by embracing a deeply implausible view of our cognitive faculties. I’ll conclude by arguing that the only plausible option Bergmann has for modifying his theory undercuts the consideration that motivates proper functionalism in the first place
Keywords Proper function  Defeaters  Evidence  Justification
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-010-9752-0
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,178
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Warrant and Proper Function.Alvin Plantinga - 1993 - Oxford University Press.
Warrant: The Current Debate.Alvin Plantinga - 1993 - Oxford University Press.
The Conditional Fallacy in Contemporary Philosophy.Robert K. Shope - 1978 - Journal of Philosophy 75 (8):397-413.

View all 10 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Rational Intuition and Understanding.Peter J. Markie - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 163 (1):271-290.
Plantinga and Favorable Mini-Environments.T. M. Botham - 2003 - Synthese 135 (3):431 - 441.
A Theory of Ordinary Proper Names.M. D'Cruz - 2000 - Mind 109 (436):721-756.
Proper Functionalism: A Better Alternative?Shawn Dawson - 1998 - Religious Studies 34 (2):119-134.
Reidian Externalism.Michael Bergmann - 2008 - In Vincent Hendricks (ed.), New Waves in Epistemology. Palgrave-Macmillan.
Nondoxastic Perceptual Evidence.Peter J. Markie - 2004 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68 (3):530-553.
Warrant and Proper Function.Alvin Plantinga - 1993 - Oxford University Press.
Plantinga's Proper Function Account of Warrant.Jonathan Kvanvig - 1996 - In J. J. Kvanvig (ed.), Warrant and Contemporary Epistemology. Rowman and Littlefield, Savage, Maryland.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2010-07-26

Total downloads

85 ( #60,831 of 2,163,699 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

3 ( #129,191 of 2,163,699 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums