Thu Apr 25, 2013
Howison Library, 4:10–6 PM
Alex Byrne (MIT)
The Epistemic Significance of Experience
On the standard view, perceptual experience causes belief, and also justifies belief. This leaves us with, as Davidson puts it, “the difficulty of transmuting a cause into a reason”. The paper argues that the difficulty is insoluble, and that the connection between experience and belief is constitutive, rather than causal.