Fools ape angels: epistemology for finite agents

Adam Morton

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Keywords: Bounded rationality, Justification, Naturalized epistemology, Epistemic virtues, Finiteness.

: Crucial concepts of traditional epistemology, in particular that of a justified belief, presuppose ideal rationality. I argue for the possibility of a normative naturalized epistemology, that investigates the best strategies for people to follow, given that they have limited cognitive powers. I formulate a conjecture, that norms of perfect rationality are appropriate to cognitive processes involving limited numbers of beliefs, but not to global processes involving indefinite numbers of beliefs.

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