Problems for Wright's entitlement theory

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Abstract


Crispin Wright’s entitlement theory holds that we have non-evidential justification for accepting propositions of a general type––which Wright calls “cornerstones”––that enables us to acquire justification for believing other propositions––those that we take to be true on the grounds of ordinary evidence. Entitlement theory is meant by Wright to deliver a forceful response to the sceptic who argues that we cannot justify ordinary beliefs. I initially focus on strategic entitlement, which is one of the types of entitlement that Wright has described in more detail. I suggest that it is dubious that we are strategically entitled to accept cornerstones. After this, I focus on entitlement in general. I contend that, in important cases, non-evidential justification for accepting cornerstones cannot secure evidential justification for believing ordinary propositions. My argument rests on a probabilistic regimentation of the so-called “leaching problem”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNon-Evidentialist Epistemology
EditorsLuca Moretti, Nikolaj Pedersen
PublisherBrill
Pages121-138
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-46553-4
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-39895-5
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Publication series

Name Brill Studies in Skepticism
Publisher Brill
Volume3

Keywords

  • epistemic entitlement
  • Crispin Wright
  • non-evidential justification
  • scepticism

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