The Emergence of Justification

Jeanne Peijnenburg*, David Atkinson

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A major objection to epistemic infinitism is that it seems to make justification impossible. For if there is an infinite chain of reasons, each receiving its justification from its neighbour, then there is no justification to inherit in the first place. Some have argued that the objection arises from misunderstanding the character of justification. Justification is not something that one reason inherits from another; rather it gradually emerges from the chain as a whole. Nowhere however is it made clear what exactly is meant by emergence. The aim of this paper is to fill that lacuna: we describe a detailed procedure for the emergence of justification that enables us to see exactly how justification surfaces from a chain of reasons.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)546-564
Aantal pagina's19
TijdschriftThe Philosophical Quarterly
Nummer van het tijdschrift252
StatusPublished - jul.-2013


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