“Three Independent Factors in Epistemology: An Account of the Nature and Sources of Epistemic Value,” (with Philip Olson)

Contemporary Pragmatism, Vol. 6, No. 2 (December 2009), 89–109.

We articulate John Dewey’s “independent factors” approach to moral

philosophy and then adapt and extend this approach to address

contemporary debate concerning the nature and sources of epistemic

normativity. We identify three factors (agent reliability, synchronic

rationality, and diachronic rationality) as each making a permanent

contribution to epistemic value. Critical of debates that stem from the

reductionistic ambitions of epistemological systems that privilege of

one or another of these three factors, we advocate an

pluralism that acknowledges each factor as an independent “spring”

of epistemic value within responsible inquiry.

(My publication)Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 by gsaxtell
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