Tommaso Piazza

A dilemma for evidentialism

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Keywords: Evidence; Evidentialism; Epistemology; Justification; Propositionalism; Psychologism.

In this paper I argue that Evidentialism is unsatisfactory as a general account of epistemic justification. My argument takes the form of a dilemma. If the Evidentialist occupies its first horn, she's unable to explain the claim that ordinarily, S's experience that P gives S some degree of prima facie justification for believing P; if the Evidentialist occupies its second horn, she's unable to explain the claim that ordinarily, S's beliefs give S some degree of prima facie justification for believing other propositions. Either way, Evidentialism must be rejected on account of its inability to explain intuitive epistemic phenomena.

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