The evidential support relation.

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dc.contributor.advisor Kvanvig, Jonathan L. Byerly, T. Ryan. 2012-05
dc.description.abstract Evidentialist views in epistemology, like that of Earl Conee and Richard Feldman, define epistemic justification at least partially in terms of evidential support. According to these views, a person is justified in believing a proposition p just when her evidence supports p. The subject of this dissertation is the evidential support relation at the heart of these views—viz., the relation which obtains between a person’s evidence e and a proposition p just when e supports p in the sense required by these views. I engage three initially tempting accounts of this relation in terms of meta-attitudes, explanatory relations, and probabilistic relations, finding all three accounts wanting. I then propose a fourth, causal account. My thesis is that evidentialists like Conee and Feldman should find this causal account of the evidential support relation more attractive than the other three kinds of account. en_US
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dc.subject Evidence. en_US
dc.subject Probability. en_US
dc.subject Explanationism. en_US
dc.subject Seemings. en_US
dc.subject Epistemic justification. en_US
dc.subject Evidential support. en_US
dc.title The evidential support relation. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Ph.D. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Access changed 1/13/14.
dc.contributor.department Philosophy. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of Philosophy. en_US

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