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Kenji Lota and Ulf Hlobil publish in Erkenntnis

June 11, 2021

Kenji Lota graduated from the Philosophy MA program at Concoria University in the Spring of 2019. As part of the requirements for the degree, Lota defended and submitted a Major Research Paper (MRP), completed under the supervision of Prof. Ulf Hlobil. Now Lota and Hlobil have published a paper in Erkenntnis entitled "Resolutions Against Uniqueness," which came out of Lota's MRP research.

Abstract: The paper presents a new argument for epistemic permissivism. The version of permissivism that we defend is a moderate version that applies only to explicit doxastic attitudes. Drawing on Yalcin’s framework for modeling such attitudes, we argue that two fully rational subjects who share all their evidence, prior beliefs, and epistemic standards may still differ in the explicit doxastic attitudes that they adopt. This can happen because two such subjects may be sensitive to different questions. Thus, differing intellectual interests can yield failures of uniqueness. This is not a merely pragmatic phenomenon.

Kenji Lota is a Doctoral student in Philosophy at the University of Miami.

Ulf Hlobil is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University.

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