If Dogmatists Have a Problem with Cognitive Penetration, You Do Too

Dialectica 68 (1):35-62 (2014)

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Chris Tucker
College of William and Mary
Abstract
Perceptual dogmatism holds that if it perceptually seems to S that P, then S thereby has prima facie perceptual justification for P. But suppose Wishful Willy's desire for gold cognitively penetrates his perceptual experience and makes it seem to him that the yellow object is a gold nugget. Intuitively, his desire-penetrated seeming can't provide him with prima facie justification for thinking that the object is gold. If this intuitive response is correct, dogmatists have a problem. But if dogmatists have a problem, you do too (well, most of you anyway). Reliabilists have denounced dogmatism's cognitive penetration problems, but they have problems with cognitive penetration that are even worse
Keywords dogmatism  cognitive penetration  phenomenal conservatism  reliabilism  wishful thinking
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DOI 10.1111/1746-8361.12050
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