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Keywords:

  • critical thinking;
  • epistemic responsibility;
  • appeal to authority;
  • informal logic;
  • applied epistemology;
  • social epistemology

Abstract

Michael Huemer (2005) argues that following the epistemic strategy of Critical Thinking—that is, thinking things through for oneself—leaves the agent epistemically either worse off or no better off than an alternative strategy of Credulity—that is, trusting the authorities. Therefore, Critical Thinking is not epistemically responsible. This article argues that Reasonable Credulity entails Critical Thinking, and since Reasonable Credulity is epistemically responsible, the Critical Thinking that it entails is epistemically responsible too.