In our debate group, I asked a question about if we had a moral obligation to get vaccinated, one response I got was that we had an epistemic responsibility.
Whilst I’ve glazed the surface of epistemology, looked into the various theories of knowledge and understand epistemic justification aka the burden of proof, I’d not heard this term before. So, of course, I did what I do in all matters of philosophy, Google and send a message to Dave and see if I can understand the basics by the time he responds.
As it happens, the way it was being used was sort of the same as a moral obligation, but not quite and actually there was a lot more to take in than I had time for. After our stream with Ozy where we touched on epistemic justification a few times, Dave and I thought it would be good to cover this topic off in more detail.
We cover of a few elements in tonights stream, starting with:
- What is epistemology?
- What do we mean by epistemic responsibility?
- What makes up epistemic responsibility?
- How can it be similar to a moral obligation?
- Is justification part of that responsibility?
- What do we mean by justification?
- What counts as justification?
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