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Non-uniformism about the Epistemology of Modality: Strong and Weak
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5638-4192
2019 (English)In: Analytic Philosophy, ISSN 2153-9596, E-ISSN 2153-960XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Uniformism about the epistemology of modality is the view that there is only one basic route to modal knowledge; non-uniformism is the view that there are several. Non-uniformism is becoming an increasingly popular stance, but how can it be defended? I prise apart two ways of understanding the uniformism/non-uniformism conflict that are mixed up in the literature. I argue that once separated, it is evident that they lead up to two different non-uniformist theses that need to be argued for in very different ways. In particular, one construal allows only for a weak thesis about the actual lay of the current theoretical land in modal epistemology, while the other allows for a strong thesis that can be defended without reliance on claims about the alleged goodness or badness of individual accounts of modal justification. I argue that philosophers inclined towards non-uniformism ought to go for the strong, rather than the weak, thesis.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-266805DOI: 10.1111/phib.12172OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-266805DiVA, id: diva2:1388062
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