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“School of Philosophy”

Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 8090
   School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title: Doubts about Epistemic Supervenience
  Author(s): H. Vahid
  Status: Published
  Journal: JPR
  Vol.: 29
  Year: 2004
  Pages: 153-172
  Supported by: IPM
  Abstract:
It has often been maintained that epistemic properties supervene on non-epistemic properties. Thus, a belief?s being justified is thought to supervene on such non-epistemic properties as indubitability, coherence, being appropriately caused by experience, etc. The idea of epistemic supervenience has also been invoked to resolve a number of epistemological disputes such as the possibility of normative epistemology, the problem of non-doxastic justification and so on. In this paper, I will try to show that none of the arguments adduced in support of the supervenience thesis are valid. After highlighting a number of problems that are independently raised for the thesis, I question its alleged potentials in resolving epistemological controversies. I shall also argue that those particular theories of justification that are committed to a (strong) version of the supervenience thesis are bound to give up normative epistemology, thus, rendering the notion of epistemic supervenience even more suspect.

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