Evidentialism is a view about the conditions under which a person is epistemically justified in having a particular doxastic attitude toward a proposition. Evidentialism holds that the justified attitudes are determined entirely by the person's evidence. This is the traditional view of justification. It is now widely opposed. The essays included in this volume develop and defend the tradition.
Evidentialism has many assets. In addition to providing an intuitively plausible account of epistemic justification, it helps to resolve the problem of the criterion, helps to disentangle epistemic and ethical evaluations, and illuminates the relationship between epistemic evaluations of beliefs and the evaluation of the methods used to form beliefs. These issues are all addressed in the essays presented here. External world skepticism poses the classic problem for an epistemological theory.
The final essay in this volume argues that evidentialism is uniquely well qualified to make sense of skepticism and to respond to its challenge.
Evidentialism is a version of epistemic internalism. Recent epistemology has included many attacks on internalism and has seen the development of numerous externalist theories. The essays included here respond to those attacks and raise objections to externalist theories, especially the principal rival, reliabilism. Internalism generally has been criticized for having unacceptable deontological implications, for failing to connect epistemic justification to truth, and for failing to provide an
adequate account of what makes basic beliefs justified. Each of these charges is answered in these essays.
The collection includes two previously unpublished essays and new afterwords to five of the reprinted essays; it will be the definitive resource on evidentialism for all epistemologists.
`exceptionally clear, precise, and well-argued. . . . Internalists and externalists alike cannot afford to ignore the work of Conee and Feldman in this outstanding collection. They represent a powerful voice in the defense of an important epistemological tradition.'
Richard Fumerton, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
A. General Issues
1: EC: First Things First
2: EC: The Basic Nature of Epistemic Justification
3: EC and RF: Internalism Defended; Afterword
4: RF and EC: Evidentialism; Afterword
B. Critical Discussions
5: RF: Authoritarian Epistemology
6: EC and RF: The Generality Problem for Reliabilism
7: RF: The Ethics of Belief
C. Developments and Applications
8: RF: The Justification of Introspective Beliefs
9: RF: Having Evidence; Afterword
10: EC: The Truth Connection; Afterword
11: EC: Heeding Misleading Evidence
12: RF and EC: Making Sense of Skepticism
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.49