Reflective Equilibrium, Analytic Epistemology, and the Problem of Cognitive Diversity

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This chapter is about different ways of thinking-or cognitive diversity-and the problem of choosing among them. Two claims are defended. The first is that one influential proposal for solving the problem of cognitive diversity-a proposal that invokes the notion of reflective equilibrium, will not work. The second is much more radical. It is argued that although some of the objections to the reflective equilibrium solution turn on details of that idea, the most serious objection generalizes into an argument against an entire epistemological tradition-the tradition called "analytic epistemology." Before attending to either of these claims, however, the chapter discusses the notions of cognition and cognitive diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollected Papers, Volume 2
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge, Rationality, and Morality, 1978-2010
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199949823
ISBN (Print)9780199733477
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Analytic epistemology
  • Cognition
  • Reflective equilibrium
  • Thinking


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