A Dynamical Perspective on the Generality Problem

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Abstract

The generality problem is commonly considered to be a critical difficulty for reliabilism. In this paper, we present a dynamical perspective on the problem in the spirit of naturalized epistemology. According to this outlook, it is worth investigating how token belief-forming processes instantiate specific types in the biological agent’s cognitive architecture (including other relevant embodied features) and background experience, consisting in the process of attractor-guided neural activation. While our discussion of the generality problem assigns “scientific types” to token processes, it represents a unified account in the sense that it incorporates contextual and common sense features emphasized by other authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-422
Number of pages14
JournalActa Analytica
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 12

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy

Keywords

  • Dynamical systems
  • The generality problem
  • Naturalistic epistemology
  • Reliabilism

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