Philos Stud https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-018-1123-6 Against epistemic partiality in friendship: value-reﬂecting reasons Sanford C. Goldberg Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract It has been alleged that the demands of friendship conﬂict with the norms of epistemology—in particular, that there are cases in which the moral demands of friendship would require one to give a friend the beneﬁt of the doubt, and thereby come to believe something in violation of ordinary epistemic standards on justiﬁed or responsible belief (Baker in Pac Philos Q 68:1–13, 1987; Keller in Philos Pap 33(3):329–351, 2004; Stroud in Ethics 116(3):498–524, 2006; Hazlett in A luxury of the understanding: on the value of true belief, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013). The burden of this paper is to explain these appearances away. I contend that the impression of epistemic partiality in friendship dissipates once we acknowledge the sorts of practical and epistemic reasons that are generated by our values: value- reﬂecting reasons. The present proposal has several virtues: it requires fewer sub- stantial commitments than other proposals seeking to resist the case for epistemic partiality (in particular, it eschews both Pragmatic Encroachment and Epistemic Permissivism); it is independently motivated, as it cites a phenomenon—value- reﬂecting
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Published: May 30, 2018
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