Epistemic deference

TagLast edit: 30 May 2021 9:03 UTC by MichaelA

Learning that some person or group of people hold certain views may sometimes provide valid grounds for epistemic deference, that is, for updating our own beliefs in response to what others appear to believe, even if we ignore the reasons for those beliefs or do not find those reasons persuasive. The question of when, how, and to what extent a rational agent should defer to others has been the studied—from somewhat different angles—by philosophers working in social epistemology and by economists working in game theory.


Aird, Michael (2020) Collection of discussions of epistemic modesty, “rationalist*EA exceptionalism”, and similar, LessWrong, March 30.
Many additional resources on this topic or related topics.

LessWrong (2021) Modest epistemology, LessWrong Wiki, April 7.

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