Epistemic Circularitypost by G Gordon Worley III (gworley) · 2018-05-23T21:00:51.822Z · score: 5 (1 votes) · LW · GW · 2 comments
I've previously argued for the existence of what I've called a "free variable" in epistemology that forces a choice between ways of knowing because no one way of knowing (system of epistemology or simply an epistemology) can be both complete and consistent. In the process of working on a current project [LW · GW] and not wanting to have to rederive anything someone else has already argued for in academic literature, I discovered this feature already has a name and has been written about: epistemic circularity.
I find it sort of surprising we've not addressed this more within the LW community, although it's perhaps less surprising than might otherwise be expected given LW's positivist leanings. I don't have much to say on epistemic circularity at the moment, although I do consider it critical to my worldview and a crux of my thinking about philosophical conservatism for alignment research [LW · GW], but I did at least want to bring some wider attention to a concept that, to my recollection, we've ignored as a community.
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