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Evidentialism is a well-liked idea of epistemic justification, but, as early proponents of the idea Earl Conee and Richard Feldman admit, there are lots of parts that needs to be built sooner than Evidentialism supplies an entire account of epistemic justification, or well-founded trust. it's the objective of this publication to supply the main points which are missing; right here McCain strikes earlier Evidentialism as a trifling schema through asserting and protecting a full-fledged conception of epistemic justification. during this e-book McCain bargains novel ways to a number of components of well-founded trust. Key between those are an unique account of what it takes to have info as facts, an account of epistemic aid when it comes to rationalization, and a causal account of the basing relation (the relation that one's trust needs to undergo to her facts with a purpose to be justified) that's some distance improved to prior money owed. the result's a completely constructed Evidentialist account of well-founded trust.

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It is not a theory about the morality or the practicality of adopting doxastic attitudes. For instance, when faced with a dismal prognosis, S might have some practical reasons for believing that she will recover. Such a positive attitude may help ease her suffering by making her situation easier to bear. So, we might be inclined to think that S is practically justified in believing that she will recover—it is in her practical interest to do so. But, when it comes to epistemic evaluation it does not seem that S’s believing that she will recover is justified.

Finally, I would like to thank Earl Conee and Rich Feldman again. My intellectual debt to Earl and Rich cannot be overstated. Through their instruction and written work, they have not only helped to shape my philosophical views, but the very way that I approach philosophy. In fact, this entire book is an attempt to build upon the foundation for Evidentialism that they have laid. If this book is at all successful, it is the result of, to borrow from Newton, standing on the shoulders of these intellectual giants.

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