Philosophy Department Seminar - Epistemic Optimism with Julien Dutant (Kings College London)

5 October 2017, 2.00 PM - 5 October 2017, 3.30 PM

Cotham House G2

Abstract: Consider pair of cases with the following structure. In the Good, your epistemic position (evidence, knowledge, etc.) is good enough for some doxastic state (belief, credence, etc.). In the Bad, it isn’t, but you have no way of telling you’re not in the Good. Epistemic optimism says that it the Bad, it’s reasonable to be in the same doxastic states as in the Good. After all, for all you can tell you’re in the Good, and if you were, it’d be reasonable to be in that state. The paper articulates a version of epistemic optimism for rational belief, contrasts it with others (Bird, Rosencranz), and turns it into a logic for knowledge and rational belief.