Passing the epistemic buck

In Conor McHugh, Daniel Whiting & Jonathan Way (eds.), Metaepistemology. Oxford, Royaume-Uni: pp. 46-66 (2018)

Davide Fassio
Zhejiang University
While buck-passing accounts are widely discussed in the literature, there have been surprisingly few attempts to apply buck-passing analyses to specific normative domains such as aesthetics and epistemology. In particular, there have been very few works which have tried to provide complete and detailed buck-passing analyses of epistemic values and norms. These analyses are, however, both interesting and important. On the one hand, they can bring to the surface the advantages and difficulties of extending the buck-passing account to specific normative spheres, either providing further support for the approach or highlighting substantive difficulties. On the other hand, epistemic buck-passing analyses can be beneficial for normative epistemology, providing new perspectives on traditional epistemological problems, and possibly providing fresh approaches to such problems. This paper aims at partially filling this gap.
Keywords buck-passing accounts of value  epistemic normativity  epistemic reasons  epistemic value
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