Noûs 46 (2):265-288 (2012)

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Declan Smithies
Ohio State University
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What is the normative role of knowledge? I argue that knowledge plays an important role as a norm of assertion and action, which is explained and unified by its more fundamental role as a norm of belief. Moreover, I propose a distinctive account of what this normative role consists in. I argue that knowledge is the aim of belief, which sets a normative standard of correctness and a corresponding normative standard of justification. According to my proposal, it is correct to believe, assert and act on a proposition if and only if one is in a position to know it, but one has justification to believe, assert and act on a proposition if and only if one has justification to believe that one is in a position to know it.
Keywords knowledge  epistemic norms  assertion  practical reasoning  action  justification  belief
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2010.00787.x
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