Goldman and Siegel on the epistemic aims of education

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Alessia Marabini
University of Bologna
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Philosophers have claimed that education aims at fostering disparate epistemic goals––for instance: knowledge, true belief, understanding, epistemic character, critical thinking. In this paper we focus on an important segment of the debate involving conversation between Alvin Goldman and Harvey Siegel. Goldman claims that education is essentially aimed at producing true beliefs. Siegel contends that education is essentially aimed at fostering both true beliefs and, independently, rational beliefs. We summarize and criticize the arguments from both sides. We find Siegel’s position intuitively more plausible than Goldman’s, but we also find Siege’s defence of it wanting. We suggest a novel argumentative strategy on Siegel’s behalf that goes from general epistemology to epistemology of education.
Keywords epistemic aims of education  epistemic aims  epistemic rationality  deontological jusification  critical thinking  testimony  Alvin Goldman  Harvey Siegel
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