A. Virtue Epistemology > Paul Faulkner on "Two-Stage Reliabilism, Virtue Reliabilism, Dualism and the Problem of Sufficiency"

Paul Faulkner has a very well-constructed paper at the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. Two-stage reliabilism is essentially "mixed" epistemology, but the paper also deals in interesting ways with the tensions between true-centered and social epistemology.

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Abstract. Social epistemology should be truth-centred, argues Goldman. Social epistemology should capture the ‘logic of everyday practices’ and describe socially ‘situated’ reasoning, says Fuller. Starting from Goldman’s vision of epistemology, this paper aims to argue for Fuller’s contention. Social epistemology cannot focus solely on the truth because the truth can be got in lucky ways. The same too could be said for reliability. Adding a second layer of epistemic evaluation helps only insofar as the reasons thus specified are appropriately connected to reliability. These claims are first made in abstract, and then developed with regard to our practice of trusting testimony, where an epistemological investigation into the grounds of reliability must inevitably detail the ‘logic of everyday practices’.
May 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell