Pragmatic Encroachment : entailments and evaluation
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Pragmatic Encroachment, the view that knowledge is sensitive to one’s practical situation, is a marked departure from traditional epistemology. A popular way of endorsing it requires that one’s evidence be practically adequate. I derive the following entailments from this view: one can gain knowledge that p by getting evidence against p, there is a significantly stronger evidential requirement for knowing atheism than there is for Christianity, and some tiny bets can bring about very strong evidential requirements. I argue that these entailments count as evidence against Pragmatic Encroachment.