Co-authorship is equal. We are grateful to Josh Knobe and participants at the 2008 Meeting of the Canadian Society for Epistemology for helpful feedback on earlier versions of this paper.
The Epistemic Side-Effect Effect
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Mind & Language
Volume 25, Issue 4, pages 474–498, September 2010
How to Cite
BEEBE, J. R. and BUCKWALTER, W. (2010), The Epistemic Side-Effect Effect. Mind & Language, 25: 474–498. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2010.01398.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2010
Knobe (2003a, 2003b, 2004b) and others have demonstrated the surprising fact that the valence of a side-effect action can affect intuitions about whether that action was performed intentionally. Here we report the results of an experiment that extends these findings by testing for an analogous effect regarding knowledge attributions. Our results suggest that subjects are less likely to find that an agent knows an action will bring about a side-effect when the effect is good than when it is bad. It is further argued that these findings, while preliminary, have important implications for recent debates within epistemology about the relationship between knowledge and action.