The Epistemology of Cornflakes

7 May 2013 18:30 Dr Finn Spicer. Details Traditional epistemology seeks to formulate rules of rationality in a way analogous to deontic approaches to ethics: by spelling out epistemic duties and permissions: you are rational if you reason the way the rules say you should. Dr Spicer draws on an approach to rationality more analogous to ethical consequentialism: you are rational if you reason in a way that leads to true beliefs in this environment. This approach has as a consequence that there are two ways to improve ration-ality: change one's reasoning to better fit the environment, and change the environment to better fit one's reasoning. The latter is ubiquitous, and corn-flakes are an example.