Pragmatic encroachment, stakes, and religious knowledge Authors
First Online: 02 March 2011 Received: 14 January 2011 Accepted: 22 February 2011 DOI:
Cite this article as: Rizzieri, A. Int J Philos Relig (2011) 70: 217. doi:10.1007/s11153-011-9294-5 Abstract
It is commonly held that epistemic standards for
S’s knowledge that p are affected by practical considerations, such as what is at stake in decisions that are guided by that p. I defend a particular view as to why this is, that is referred to as “pragmatic encroachment.” I then discuss a “new argument against miracles” that uses stakes considerations in order to explore the conditions under which stakes affect the level of epistemic support that is required for knowledge. Finally, I generalize my results to include other religiously significant propositions such as “God exists” and “God does not exist.” Keywords Epistemology Pragmatic encroachment Stakes Download to read the full article text References
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