Empirical justification and defeasibility

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Two truisms about empirical justification are that experience plays a crucial role in it (hence the name) and that it is defeasible. There are, of course, different ways of developing these truisms into philosophical theories. I favor one particular view about the role of experience in empirical justification which may be thought to lead to problems in accommodating its defeasibility. My aim in this paper is to argue that the problems are illusory, based on an entrenched misconception how defeaters work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1771-1786
Number of pages16
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Defeaters
  • Empirical justification
  • Experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)


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