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Meeting Others in the Space of Reasons: Fallibilism for Sellarsians

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Abstract:

Certainty has proved to be a troublesome epistemological concept, which motivates many philosophers to be fallibilists. But fallibilism proves troublesome, too, as it is hard to state in a way that does not either imply skepticism, or deny that there are necessary truths. The Sellarsian idea of a space of reasons in which there are normative proprieties attached to epistemic positions allows for an understanding of fallibilism which allows that there is knowledge, there are necessary truths, and yet we can be wrong about anything. This result is accomplished by taking the fallibilist claim as a normative recommendation, not a descriptive thesis.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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