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Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Philosophy

Year Degree Awarded

2016

Month Degree Awarded

May

First Advisor

Hilary Kornblith

Second Advisor

Christopher Meacham

Third Advisor

Ernesto Garcia

Fourth Advisor

Seth Cable

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Epistemology | Philosophy

Abstract

Ever since John Locke, philosophers have discussed the possibility of a normative epistemology: are there epistemic obligations binding the cognitive economy of belief and disbelief? Locke's influential answer was evidentialist: we have an epistemic obligation to believe in accordance with our evidence. In this dissertation, I place the contemporary literature on agency and reasons at the service of some such normative epistemology. I discuss the semantics of obligations, the connection between obligations and reasons to believe, the implausibility of Lockean evidentialism, and some of the alleged connections between agency and justification.

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