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Matt Kopec (Charles Stuart Uni/ANU): Unifying Group Rationality

Date and time

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 03:30 - 05:30


Coombs Seminar Room A

Various social epistemologists use what seem to be rather distinct notions of group rationality. In this essay, I offer an account of group rationality that unifies the dominant notions present in the literature. I argue that if we employ a teleological account of epistemic rationality, and allow that there are many different epistemic goals that are worth pursuing for various groups and individuals, we can then see how those seemingly divergent understandings of group rationality are all intimately related. I close by showing how the view allows us to generate normative suggestions when applied to groups in the real world.

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