Access Problems and explanatory overkill

Philosophical Studies 174 (11):2731-2742 (2017)
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Abstract

I argue that recent attempts to deflect Access Problems for realism about a priori domains such as mathematics, logic, morality, and modality using arguments from evolution result in two kinds of explanatory overkill: the Access Problem is eliminated for contentious domains, and realist belief becomes viciously immune to arguments from dispensability, and to non-rebutting counter-arguments more generally.

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Silvia Jonas
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