Explanationist aid for phenomenal conservatism

Synthese 195 (7):3035-3050 (2018)
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Kevin McCain
University of Alabama, Birmingham
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Phenomenal conservatism is a popular theory of epistemic justification. Despite its popularity and the fact that some think that phenomenal conservatism can provide a complete account of justification, it faces several challenges. Among these challenges are the need to provide accounts of defeaters and inferential justification. Fortunately, there is hope for phenomenal conservatism. Explanationism, the view on which justification is a matter of explanatory considerations, can help phenomenal conservatism with both of these challenges. The resulting view is one that respects the internalist character of phenomenal conservatism and its motivating intuitions while providing an intuitive and elegant account of both inferential justification and the justificatory impact of defeaters.
Keywords Epistemic justification  Explanation  Explanationism  Defeaters  Inferential justification  Phenomenal conservatism
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-016-1064-6
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