Erkenntnis 83 (4):741–751 (2018)

Thomas Kroedel
Universität Hamburg
This paper defends the permissibility solution to the lottery paradox against an objection by Anna-Maria Asunta Eder. Eder argues that the permissibility solution should also be applicable to the preface paradox, but conflicts with a plausible principle about epistemic permissions when so applied. This paper replies by first criticizing Eder’s considerations in defense of her principle; in particular, it argues that the plausibility of her principle is to a large extent parasitic on the spurious plausibility of the principle of factual detachment. The paper then presents a direct argument against Eder’s principle, which shows that her principle conflicts with a Pareto-style condition on permissible belief.
Keywords lottery paradox  preface paradox  epistemic permission  factual detachment
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-017-9911-5
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