Seemings and Justification: New Essays on Dogmatism and Phenomenal Conservatism

Hardcover | August 7, 2013

EditorChris Tucker

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You believe that there is a book (or a computer screen) in front of you because it seems visually that way. I believe that I ate cereal for breakfast because I seem to remember eating it for breakfast. And we believe that torturing for fun is morally wrong and that 2+2=4 because those claimsseem intuitively obvious. In each of these cases, it is natural to think that our beliefs are not only based on a seeming, but also that they are justifiably based on these seemings - at least assuming there is no relevant counterevidence. These considerations have prompted many to endorse some version of dogmatism or phenomenal conservatism. These views hold that, in the absence of defeaters, a seeming that P provides justification to believe P. The main difference is that dogmatism is restricted to some domain, often perception, andphenomenal conservatism is intended to apply to all seemings. Critics worry that such views run into problems with traditional Bayesianism and that they are too permissive, in part because of their implications regarding cognitive penetration.The primary aim of this book is to understand how seemings relate to justification and whether some version of dogmatism or phenomenal conservatism can be sustained. In addition to addressing each of these issues, this volume also addresses a wide range of related topics, including intuitions, thenature of perceptual content, access internalism, and the epistemology of testimony and disagreement.

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You believe that there is a book (or a computer screen) in front of you because it seems visually that way. I believe that I ate cereal for breakfast because I seem to remember eating it for breakfast. And we believe that torturing for fun is morally wrong and that 2+2=4 because those claimsseem intuitively obvious. In each of these ca...

Chris Tucker is an assistant professor at the College of William and Mary and has previously taught at the University of Auckland and Stonehill College. He earned his PhD from Purdue University and works primarily in epistemology, philosophy of religion, and ethics.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Contributors1. Chris Tucker: Seemings and Justification: An IntroductionPart I: Seemings and Seeming Reports2. Andrew Cullison: Seemings and Semantics3. Earl Conee: Seeming EvidencePart II: Foundations of Dogmatism4. Jessica Brown: Immediate Justification, Perception and Intuition5. James Pryor: Problems for CredulismPart III: Seemings and Epistemic Internalism6. Matthias Steup: Does Phenomenal Conservatism Solve Internalism's Dilemma?7. Michael Bergmann: Phenomenal Conservatism and the Dilemma for InternalismPart IV: The Significance of Seemings within Specific Domains8. Robert Audi: Doxastic Innocence: Phenomenal Conservatism and Grounds of Justification9. Michael DePaul: Agent Centeredness, Agent Neutrality, Disagreement, and Truth ConducivenessPart V: Dealing with Cognitive Penetration10. Matthew McGrath: Phenomenal Conservatism and Cognitive Penetration: the "Bad Basis" Counterexamples11. Peter J. Markie: Searching for True Dogmatism12. Berit Brogaard: Phenomenal Seemings and Sensible DogmatismPart VI: Phenomenal Conservatism13. William G. Lycan: Phenomenal Conservatism and the Principle of Credulity14. Michael Tooley: Michael Huemer and the Principle of Phenomenal Conservatism15. Michael Huemer: Phenomenal Conservatism sber AllesIndex