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Advances in Experimental Epistemology by James R. Beebe

By James R. Beebe

Experimental epistemology makes use of experimental equipment of the cognitive sciences to make clear debates inside of epistemology,the philosophical learn of information and rationally justified trust. during this first serious assortment in this intriguing new subfield, prime researchers take on key questions concerning wisdom, proof, and rationally justified trust.

Advances in Experimental Epistemology addresses principal epistemological concerns corresponding to even if topics in excessive stakes events have to own better proof so as to have knowledge;whether and in what respects understanding that p is determined by what activities one undertakes in mild of p; how philosophers should still reply to deep and pervasive confrontation approximately specific situations of data and trust and the methodological demanding situations to epistemology which are offered by way of war of words in epistemic intuitions.As good as relocating examine in epistemology ahead, this state-of-the-art quantity is helping outline the longer term process learn in experimental philosophy.

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We assess three previous proposals and identify a new factor that we believe contributes to skeptical lottery judgment. The new factor is formulaic expression. It is widely assumed that people conform to the pattern of skeptical and nonskeptical lottery judgment described above. Indeed, theorists claim that it is “uncontroversial”—a “datum” to be explained—that people conform to the pattern (Hawthorne 2004: 8). In short, philosophers assume that they have identified uncontroversial elements of the folk epistemology of lotteries.

After counting the coins just once, Peter concludes there are 134 coins in the jar. ” Coin High Stakes: Peter is a college student who has entered a contest sponsored by a local bank. His task is to count the coins in a jar. The jar Advances in Experimental Epistemology 24 contains 134 coins. Peter mistakenly thinks the contest prize is one hundred dollars. In fact, the prize is $10,000 which Peter really needs. He would use the money to help pay for a life-saving operation for his mother who is sick and cannot afford healthcare.

23 Here, they only had three options: NO, NEUTRAL, and YES. Coding the NO and NEUTRAL in one category and coding the YES in a second category, we can compare the answers to the knowledge prompt across these two groups. Similar comparisons are made for AIR and BRIDGE. Focusing on the COIN case, if people tend to implicitly accept the ACTION principle, we should see that subjects in the “yes, should count the coins again” category are less likely (compared with the other group) to agree with the knowledge statement from the prompt above.

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