Book Chapter

On Epistemic Entitlement (II): Welfare State Epistemology



Wright C (2014) On Epistemic Entitlement (II): Welfare State Epistemology. In: Dodd D & Zardini E (eds.) Scepticism and Perceptual Justification. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 213-247.〈=en&

First paragraph: In a paper written a decade ago, I argued for the rational good-standing of a notion (perhaps realized in a number of distinct ways) of non-evidential warrant or epistemic entitlement , and for the possibility of using such a notion to fashion a unified response to two of the most traditional and disturbing forms of sceptical paradox. In this paper, I further explore the potential significance of epistemic entitlements so understood, suggest some refinements of the earlier discussion, reassess the prototype of entitlement derivable from Hans Reichenbach’s ideas about the justification of induction, and respond to a number of objections and difficulties for my proposals which have since surfaced in the literature.

Scepticism; Reichenbach; epistemic entitlement; non-evidential warrant; Pascal's Wager

Publication date31/12/2014
PublisherOxford University Press
Publisher URL…343?cc=gb〈=en&
Place of publicationOxford

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Professor Crispin Wright

Professor Crispin Wright

Professor, Philosophy