When warrant transmits and when it doesn’t: towards a general framework

Synthese 190 (13):2481-2503 (2013)

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Tommaso Piazza
University Of Pavia
Luca Moretti
University of Aberdeen
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In this paper we focus on transmission and failure of transmission of warrant. We identify three individually necessary and jointly sufficient conditions for transmission of warrant, and we show that their satisfaction grounds a number of interesting epistemic phenomena that have not been sufficiently appreciated in the literature. We then scrutinise Wright’s analysis of transmission failure and improve on extant readings of it. Nonetheless, we present a Bayesian counterexample that shows that Wright’s analysis is partially incoherent with our analysis of warrant transmission and prima facie defective. We conclude exploring three alternative lines of reply: developing a more satisfactory account of transmission failure, which we outline; dismissing the Bayesian counterexample by rejecting some of its assumptions; reinterpreting Wright’s analysis to make it immune to the counterexample
Keywords Transmission of warrant  Transmission failure  Epistemic transmission  Propositional warrant  Crispin Wright
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-011-0018-2
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Knowledge and its Limits.Timothy Williamson - 2000 - Oxford University Press.
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In Defence of Dogmatism.Luca Moretti - 2015 - Philosophical Studies 172 (1):261-282.
On The Hypothetical Given.Adam Marushak - forthcoming - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
Transmission of Justification and Warrant.Luca Moretti & Tommaso Piazza - 2013 - The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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