Presentation Title

Reviewing Epistemic Authority

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

Philosophy, epistemic authority, personal autonomy, Linda Zagzebski

Department

Philosophy

Major

Philosophy

Abstract

Given the relationship between personal autonomy and our various commitments across ideological communities, it is important to understand how to navigate peer disagreement and on which bases we may rationally accept a community leader as an authority in the formation of our beliefs. In her most recent book, Epistemic Authority, Linda Zagzebski develops a theory of rational trust to provide a framework for understanding this complex relationship between autonomy and authority. In my project with Professor Bogardus, we set out to coauthor a scholarly review of Zagzebski's book in light of current epistemological research, with the additional aim to provide me with a basis for crafting an original graduate school writing sample on a related topic within epistemology. We intend our review to appear in this summer's publication of American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly.

Faculty Mentor

Tomas Bogardus

Funding Source or Research Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Presentation Session

Session D

Location

Rockwell Academic Center 175

Start Date

21-3-2014 4:15 PM

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Philosophy Commons

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Mar 21st, 4:15 PM

Reviewing Epistemic Authority

Rockwell Academic Center 175

Given the relationship between personal autonomy and our various commitments across ideological communities, it is important to understand how to navigate peer disagreement and on which bases we may rationally accept a community leader as an authority in the formation of our beliefs. In her most recent book, Epistemic Authority, Linda Zagzebski develops a theory of rational trust to provide a framework for understanding this complex relationship between autonomy and authority. In my project with Professor Bogardus, we set out to coauthor a scholarly review of Zagzebski's book in light of current epistemological research, with the additional aim to provide me with a basis for crafting an original graduate school writing sample on a related topic within epistemology. We intend our review to appear in this summer's publication of American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly.