Luck as an epistemic notion

Synthese 176 (3):361-377 (2010)
Many philosophers have argued that an event is lucky for an agent only if it was suitably improbable, but there is considerable disagreement about how to understand this improbability condition. This paper argues for a hitherto overlooked construal of the improbability condition in terms of the lucky agent’s epistemic situation. According to the proposed account, an event is lucky for an agent only if the agent was not in a position to know that the event would occur. It is also explored whether this new account threatens the anti- luck program in epistemology. It is argued that although not detrimental to the anti- luck program, the epistemic account of luck sets certain important limits to its scope and feasibility
Keywords Luck  Epistemic luck  Anti-luck epistemology  Probability
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 24,433
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Jennifer Lackey (2008). What Luck is Not. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86 (2):255 – 267.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Joe Milburn (2014). Subject‐Involving Luck. Metaphilosophy 45 (4-5):578-593.
E. J. Coffman (2014). Strokes of Luck. Metaphilosophy 45 (4-5):477-508.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

138 ( #31,469 of 1,925,062 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

20 ( #26,932 of 1,925,062 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.