PhilSci Archive

We Owe It to Others to Think for Ourselves

Dellsén, Finnur (2021) We Owe It to Others to Think for Ourselves. [Preprint]

[img]
Preview
Text
We Owe It to Others to Think for Ourselves Final ForWeb.pdf

Download (251kB) | Preview

Abstract

We are often urged to figure things out for ourselves rather than to rely on other people’s say-so, and thus be ‘epistemically autonomous’ in one sense of the term. But why? For almost any important question, there will be someone around you who is at least as well placed to answer it correctly. So why bother making up your own mind at all? I consider, and then reject, two ‘egoistic’ answers to this question according to which thinking for oneself is beneficial for the autonomous agent herself. I go on to suggest that the reason we should (sometimes) think for ourselves is that doing so (sometimes) increases the collective reliability of the epistemic community to which we belong. In many cases, this will do nothing at all to increase our own chances of forming correct beliefs. So, at least in this respect, the rationale for being epistemically autonomous is entirely ‘altruistic’.


Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Dellsén, Finnurfinnurd@gmail.com0000-0003-4989-4204
Additional Information: To appear in J. Matheson and K. Lougheed (eds.), Essays in Epistemic Autonomy.
Subjects: General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Finnur Dellsén
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2021 21:17
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2021 21:17
Item ID: 18687
Subjects: General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18687

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item