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[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 3. Reliabilism / b. Anti-reliabilism]

Full Idea

Just as a utility-calculating machine would be the ideal moral agent according to utilitarianism, a truth-producing machine would be the ideal epistemic agent according to reliabilism,

Gist of Idea

Epistemic perfection for reliabilism is a truth-producing machine


Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski (Virtues of the Mind [1996], I 1.2)

Book Reference

Zagzebski,Linda: 'Virtues of the Mind' [CUP 1996], p.29

A Reaction

Love this one! For consequentialists a successful robot is morally superior to an average human being. The reliabilist dream is just something that churns out truths. But what is the role of these truths in subsequent life?