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Title: Stances and Epistemology: Values, Pragmatics, and Rationality
Contributor(s): Boucher, Sandy  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018-07
DOI: 10.1111/meta.12317
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Abstract: Bas van Fraassen has argued that many philosophical positions should be understood as stances rather than factual beliefs. This paper discusses the vexed question of whether and how such stances can be rationally justified. It argues that stances may be justified pragmatically, in terms of both their epistemic fruits and their coherence with our values, both epistemic and non‐epistemic. It also examines van Fraassen's version of epistemological voluntarism, which has received considerable attention of late, and shows that it provides a theoretical framework, and approach to epistemology, within which the pragmatic and value‐based forms of justification appropriate to stance choice find a natural home.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Metaphilosophy, 49(4), p. 521-547
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1467-9973
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 220304 Epistemology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 500305 Epistemology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280119 Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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