Epistemic Paternalism: A Defence

Hardcover | August 20, 2013

byKristoffer Ahlstrom-vij

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We know that we are fallible creatures, liable to cognitive bias. But we also have a strong and stubborn tendency to overestimate our reasoning capacities. This presents a problem for any attempt to help us reason in more accurate ways: While we might see the point of others heeding intellectual advice and relying on reasoning aids, each and every one of us will tend not to see the point of doing so ourselves. The present book argues that the solution to this problem lies in accepting a form of epistemic paternalism. Accepting such paternalism is to accept that we are sometimes justified in interfering with the inquiry of another without her consent but for her own epistemic good. Because when it comes to our freedom to conduct inquiry in whatever way we see fit, more is not always better. In fact, less is often more.

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We know that we are fallible creatures, liable to cognitive bias. But we also have a strong and stubborn tendency to overestimate our reasoning capacities. This presents a problem for any attempt to help us reason in more accurate ways: While we might see the point of others heeding intellectual advice and relying on reasoning aids, ea...

Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. He specializes in social epistemology and epistemic normativity.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.67 × 5.63 × 0.8 inPublished:August 20, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230347894

ISBN - 13:9780230347892

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Why We Cannot Rely On Ourselves For Epistemic Improvement
2. Epistemic Paternalism Defined
3. On The Viability Of Epistemic Paternalism: Personal Autonomy
4. On The Viability Of Epistemic Paternalism: Epistemic Autonomy
5. Justifying Epistemic Paternalism
6. Epistemic Paternalism Defended
Bibliography
Index

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