When warrant transmits and when it doesn't: towards a general framework

Luca Moretti, Tommaso Piazza

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In this paper we focus on transmission and failure of transmission of
warrant.We identify three individually necessary and jointly sufficient conditions for transmission of warrant, and we show that their satisfaction grounds a number of interesting epistemic phenomena that have not been sufficiently appreciated in the literature. We then scrutinise Wright’s analysis of transmission failure and improve on extant readings of it. Nonetheless, we present a Bayesian counter example that shows that Wright’s analysis is partially incoherent with our analysis of warrant transmission and prima facie defective. We conclude exploring three alternative lines of reply: developing a more satisfactory account of transmission failure, which we outline; dismissing the Bayesian counterexample by rejecting some of its assumptions; reinterpreting Wright’s analysis to make it immune to the counter example.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2481-2503
Number of pages22
Issue number13
Early online date6 Oct 2011
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


  • transmission of warrant
  • transmission failure
  • epistemic transmission
  • propositional warrant
  • Crispin Wright


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