Synthese 195 (8):3571-3596 (2018)

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Matthew Kopec
Northeastern University
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In this essay, I aim to motivate and defend a pluralistic view of epistemic rationality. At the core of the view is the notion that epistemic rationality is essentially a species of practical rationality put in the service of various epistemic goals. I begin by sketching some closely related views that have appeared in the literature. I then present my preferred version of the view and sketch some of its benefits. Thomas Kelly has raised challenging objections to a part of the view, which I then present and address. I then raise some distinct worries that might linger and sketch some possible ways one might address them.
Keywords Epistemic Instrumentalism  Epistemic Teleology  Epistemic Value  Pluralism  Thomas Kelly
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-017-1388-x
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