Acta Analytica

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 493–503 | Cite as

A Puzzle About Knowledge, Blame, and Coherence

  • Marc-Kevin DaoustEmail author


Many philosophers have offered arguments in favor of the following three theses: (i) A is epistemically permitted (or required) to believe P only if A is in a position to know that P, (ii) incoherent agents fail to satisfy the aforementioned knowledge norm of belief, and (iii) A’s apparent reasons are relevant to determining what A is blameworthy for believing. In this paper, I argue that the above three theses are jointly inconsistent. The main upshot of the paper is this: even if the knowledge norm of belief is correct, it cannot explain some deontic requirements governing belief.


Knowledge Apparent reasons Coherence Blame Epistemic norms 



I am grateful to Daniel Laurier, who has provided invaluable feedback on this paper.


This research was supported by the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire sur la Normativité (GRIN) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (grant no. 767-2016-1771).

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  1. 1.Département de philosophieUniversité de MontréalQCCanada

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