Knowledge, Dexterity, and Attention: A Theory of Epistemic Agency

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2017.12.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Abrol Fairweather and Carlos Montemayor, Knowledge, Dexterity, and Attention: A Theory of Epistemic Agency, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 196 pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107089822. Reviewed by Mohan Matthen, University of Toronto Mika examines a urine sample under a microscope and reports that she has found a high level of red blood cells. Does she know that the patient has microscopic haematuria? Which is more fundamental for deciding this: that Mika is a competent technician who is well-trained and possesses acute eyesight, good technique, and long experience of her specialty and that she acts accordingly, or that her observation of this sample was meticulous? Traditionally, most epistemologists found it natural to choose the latter option. Mika's examination produced knowledge because it was well suited to find out the truth. Her disposition to observe well on other occasions is irrelevant to whether. . .

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