South African Journal of Philosophy

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The Value of Epistemic Norms

Veli Mitova


It is argued that, contrary to popular pragmatist opinion, the source of epistemic normativity does not lie in the realm of practical rationality. Epistemic norms are indeed hypothetical, as the pragmatist anticipates, but he has misjudged how much their antecedent can do for him. I first consider the most general argument available to the pragmatist. I then focus on the way John Heil and Hilary Kornblith have refined it. Kornblith\'s position poses the most plausible challenge to the defender of the autonomy of epistemic norms. Even at its best, however, the pragmatist argument flounders.

S. Afr. J. Philos. Vol.24(2) 2005: 65-76
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