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Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Month Degree Awarded


First Advisor

Hilary Kornblith

Subject Categories

Epistemology | Ethics and Political Philosophy


We are fallible, and knowledge of our fallibility has normative implications. But these normative implications appear to conflict with other compelling epistemic norms. We therefore appear to face a choice: reject fallibility-based norms or reject these other epistemic norms. I argue that there is a plausible third option: reconcile these two sets of norms. Once we properly understand the nature of each of these norms, we aren’t forced to reject either.