Philosophical Studies

, Volume 174, Issue 10, pp 2571–2583 | Cite as

Everybody needs to know?

  • Imogen DickieEmail author


I propose an amendment to Sosa’s virtue reliabilism. Sosa’s framework assigns a central role to sophisticated, conceptual, motivational states: ‘intentions to affirm aptly’. I argue that the suggestion that ordinary knowers in fact are motivated by such intentions in everyday belief-forming situations is at best problematic, and explore the possibility of an alternative virtue reliabilist framework. In this alternative framework, the role Sosa assigns to ‘intentions to affirm aptly’ is played instead by non-conceptual motivational states, which I call ‘needs’. The first part of the paper sketches Sosa’s framework. The second develops the need-based alternative. I close by comparing the two proposals, concluding that the onus is at least on Sosa to say why his intention-based framework should be preferred.


Virtue reliabilism Motivation Conceptual Non-conceptual Sosa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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