An Externalist Approach to Epistemic Responsibility

Intellectual Norms and their Application to Epistemic Peer Disagreement

  • Andrea Robitzsch

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 411)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Andrea Robitzsch
    Pages 99-165
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 211-227

About this book


This monograph provides a novel reliabilist approach to epistemic responsibility assessment. The author presents unique arguments for the epistemic significance of belief-influencing actions and omissions. She grounds her proposal in indirect doxastic control.

The book consists of four chapters. The first two chapters look at the different ways in which an agent might control the revision, retention, or rejection of her beliefs. They provide a systematic overview of the different approaches to doxastic control and contain a thorough study of reasons-responsive approaches to direct and indirect doxastic control.

The third chapter provides a reliabilist approach to epistemic responsibility assessment which is based on indirect doxastic control.

In the fourth chapter, the author examines epistemic peer disagreement and applies her reliabilist approach to epistemic responsibility assessment to this debate. She argues that the epistemic significance of peer disagreement does not only rely on the way in which an agent should revise her belief in the face of disagreement, it also relies on the way in which an agent should act.

This book deals with questions of meliorative epistemology in general and with questions concerning doxastic responsibility and epistemic responsibility assessment in particular. It will appeal to graduate students and researchers with an interest in epistemology.


Epistemology Epistemic Normativity Doxastic Agency Epistemic Responsibility Epistemic Norms Intellectual Norms Epistemic Peer Disagreement Epistemic Consequentialism Reliabilism Epistemic Externalism Social Epistemology doxastic responsibility doxastic attitudes doxastic control reasons-responsive doxastic control indirect doxastic control reliabilist approach to epistemic responsibility

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea Robitzsch
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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