Goldman and Siegel on the epistemic aims of education

Alessia Marabini, Luca Moretti

Research output: Working paper


Philosophers have claimed that education aims at fostering disparate epistemic goals. In this paper we focus on an important segment of this debate involving conversation between Alvin Goldman and Harvey Siegel. Goldman claims that education is essentially aimed at producing true beliefs. Siegel contends that education is essentially aimed at fostering both true beliefs and, independently, critical thinking and rational belief. Although we find Siegel’s position intuitively more plausible than Goldman’s, we also find Siegel’s defence of it wanting. We suggest novel argumentative strategies that draw on Siegel’s own arguments but look to us more promising.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 2018



  • epistemic aims of education
  • epistemic aims
  • epistemic rationality
  • critical thinking testimony
  • Alvin Goldman
  • Harvey Siegel

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