Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Kauppinen, Antti
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Responsible Beliefs: Why Ethics and Epistemology Need Each Other
Decision No. 325620
Decision date 24.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 479 040
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Project description
“Responsible Beliefs: Why Ethics and Epistemology Need Each Other” develops theoretical models and analytical tools for researchers, political actors, and the public to identify and assess unreliable or unjust ways of forming beliefs, and to improve epistemic practices. The project examines the different ways in which we can be responsible for our beliefs, why fully responsible beliefs require competence with reasons rather than just coherence in the individual case, when it is reasonable and morally right to trust information from others in the social case, and how we should act when neither individual nor interpersonal inquiry resolves moral uncertainty. Answering these questions is more important than ever in an era of fake news, big data, AI bots, and worldview pluralism. Although their ethical and epistemic aspects are tightly intertwined, they have rarely been explored simultaneously. Participants in the project include leading national and international experts on each topic.