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Competence and Success in Epistemology and Beyond

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Project "EpComp" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙470˙665 €
 EC max contribution 1˙470˙665 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-01-01   to  2022-12-31


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 Project objective

This project formulates and defends a novel approach in epistemology, demonstrating how it solves a range of key problems in the field. New frontiers of research are opened up by applying the core lessons learnt in epistemology to the study of practical reason and ethics.

My dual evaluations approach hypothesizes that for a wide range of key evaluative notions, competence is neither necessary nor sufficient for success: there are both cases of incompetent success and of competent failure. For instance, a subject can know without exercising knowledge-conducive competence, and vice versa – and similarly for justified or rational belief. The project demonstrates how this recognition solves a cluster of key problems in the field relating to so-called higher-order evidence, and how it allows accommodating internalist evaluations in more externalist frameworks, thus bridging perhaps the most significant divide in epistemology.

What will emerge is a thorough re-structuring of the epistemological landscape. The project generalizes some of the lessons learnt to the study of structural requirements of rationality. Finally, the approach is deployed to investigate the relationship between morally right and morally worthy action. The main objectives of the project are:

(O1) To develop the theoretical foundations of the dual evaluations approach.

(O2) To put forth a novel view in epistemology that demonstrates how recognizing both cases of competent failure and incompetent success solves highly current problems and puzzles, reconciling two opposing theoretical starting points.

(O3) To investigate and ultimately reject as theoretically important the notion of structural rationality, offering an alternative, competence-based explanation of verdicts that seem to show the need for such a notion.

(O4) To explore generalizations of the results of the previous parts of the project to the practical and moral domains.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Giada Fratantonio
Armchair Access and Imagination
published pages: 525-547, ISSN: 0012-2017, DOI: 10.1111/1746-8361.12249
Dialectica 72/4 2019-09-05
2019 Maria Lasonen-Aarnio
Dispositional Evaluations and Defeat
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Reasons, Justification and Defeat 2019-09-05
2018 Maria Lasonen-Aarnio
Higher-Order Defeat and Evincibility
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Frantantonio, Giada
Reflective Access, Closure, and Epistemological Disjunctivism
published pages: , ISSN: 1742-3600, DOI:
Episteme 2019-09-05
2019 Jaakko Hirvelä
Knowing Without Having The Competence to Do So
published pages: 110-118, ISSN: 2161-2234, DOI: 10.1002/tht3.411
Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 8/2 2019-09-05

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