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Ernest Sosa

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691143972

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691143972.001.0001

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Epistemic Agency

Epistemic Agency

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(p.14) Chapter Two Epistemic Agency
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Knowing Full Well
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Ernest Sosa

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691143972.003.0002

This chapter takes up ways in which the epistemic realm admits a kind of agency and how this bears on the performance normativity proper to that realm. It argues that epistemic normativity is just the special case of AAA (accurate, adroit, apt) normativity where the performances are epistemic performances, mainly beliefs. Performances with an aim fall under this AAA structure, according to which a performance will be accurate or successful only if it attains its aim. There must hence be such a thing as the aim of a performance. Performances of interest will then be restricted to those with an essential aim—the aim that defines a given performance as a particular endeavoring.

Keywords:   epistemic normativity, epistemic agency, performance normativity, AAA structure, AAA normativity, epistemic performances, performance aims

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