Filosofia Unisinos 14 (3):176-188 (2013)

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Rodrigo Laera
Universitat de Barcelona
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The present paper aims to revisit the virtues and disadvantages of epistemic conservatism, which claims that it is rational to adhere to a belief until there is evidence to the contrary. Two main theses are put forward: first, while conservatism presents several epistemological flaws, from a contextualist point of view it is not only desirable but also is essential to knowledge accumulation in everyday life; second, conservatism provides a solution to sceptical challenges and to the problem of easy knowledge.
Keywords Conservatism  Contextualism  Easy Knowledge  Scepticism
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