In this work I develop what I call the problem of meta-epistemic disagreement. I argue that there is a kind of apparent intractable disagreement, embodied in recent disputes between internalists and externalists about epistemic justification, which calls for an explanation. I claim that such disagreement suggests adopting some form of antirealism about justification, construed as the denial of a single objective property denoted by 'justification'. I argue that each of the following antirealist positions about justification fails to explain meta-epistemic disagreement: nihilism, an ambiguity view, contextualism, relativism, and expressivism. In the final chapter I suggest a form of pluralism about justification that vindicates epistemic realism and addresses the problem of meta-epistemic disagreement.
|Advisor:||Lynch, Michael P.|
|School:||University of Connecticut|
|School Location:||United States -- Connecticut|
|Source:||DAI-A 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy|
|Keywords:||Alston, William, Contextualism, Epistemic justification, Expressivism, Pluralism, Relativism|
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