Epistemic evaluation and the need for `impure' epistemic standards

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dc.contributor.authorKompa, Nikola Anna
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:02:19Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:02:19Z-
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.issn00397857
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/5355-
dc.description.abstractThat knowledge ascriptions exhibit some form of sensitivity to context is uncontroversial. How best to account for the context-sensitivity at issue, however, is the topic of heated debates. A certain version of nonindexical contextualism seems to be a promising option. Even so, it is incumbent upon any contextualist account to explain in what way and to what extent the epistemic standard operative in a particular context of epistemic evaluation is affected by non-epistemic factors (such as practical interests). In this paper, I investigate how non-epistemic factors come into play when knowledge is ascribed. I argue that knowledge ascriptions often serve the purpose of providing actionable information. This, in turn, requires that epistemic interests be balanced against non-epistemic interests. Moreover, it raises the question of whose interests matter, those of the ascriber, the addressee (of the knowledge ascription), or the subject of ascription. Eventually, an answer to the question is suggested.
dc.description.sponsorshipState of Lower Saxony, Hannover, Germany; Volkswagen FoundationVolkswagen [VWZN3163]; VW FoundationVolkswagen; DFGGerman Research Foundation (DFG)European Commission [KO 1971]; The paper grew out of a joint research project with Igal Kvart (Hebrew University). I gratefully acknowledge financial support from the State of Lower Saxony, Hannover, Germany and the Volkswagen Foundation (VWZN3163). I am indebted to Igal Kvart, who invited me to Jerusalem to present an earlier version of the manuscript, for fruitful discussions. I would also like to thank the participants of the conference ``The epistemic significance of non-epistemic factors'' (funded by the VW Foundation and the DFG, KO 1971), which Igal Kvart, Andrea Robitzsch and I jointly organized in July 2018, especially Krista Lawlor, Sandy Goldberg, and David Henderson. Furthermore, I am very grateful to other audiences at the universities of Munster and Osnabruck, in particular to Susanne Boshammer, Charles Lowe, Christian Nimtz, Sebastian Schmoranzer, and Niko Strobach, for valuable comments and very helpful feedback. My greatest debt goes to Andrea Robitzsch for reading and commenting on earlier drafts of the manuscript and for many an inspiring discussion. Also, I would like to thank Charles Lowe again for proof-reading the whole manuscript. Finally, I would like to thank two anonymous referees for this journal for their comments and helpful suggestions.
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dc.publisherSPRINGER
dc.relation.ispartofSYNTHESE
dc.subjectEpistemic standards
dc.subjectFunctions of knowledge ascriptions
dc.subjectHistory & Philosophy Of Science
dc.subjectNonindexical contextualism
dc.subjectPhilosophy
dc.subjectPractical interests
dc.subjectThreshold problem
dc.subjectwhose stakes? problem
dc.titleEpistemic evaluation and the need for `impure' epistemic standards
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11229-020-02996-3
dc.identifier.isiISI:000610472100003
dc.description.volume199
dc.description.issue1-2
dc.description.startpage4673
dc.description.endpage4693
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-5581-7371
dc.identifier.eissn15730964
dc.publisher.placeVAN GODEWIJCKSTRAAT 30, 3311 GZ DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS
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