Holding One's Own

25 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2007

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Scott F. Aikin

Vanderbilt University - Philosophy Department

Date Written: September 6, 2007


There is an antinomy with regards to regulative norms of inquiry. On the one hand, there is what I will call the assessment rule (AR), which is that one's commitments must reflect how well those commitments survive critical scrutiny. On the other hand, there is what I call the fiduciary/stability requirement, which is that for views to be adequately articulated and defended, its proponents must maintain commitment to the views. I propose the virtue of holding one's own and the notion of an experiment in bullet-biting as a synthetic solution to the antinomy of norms.

Keywords: Philosophy, Argumentation, Metaphilosophy

Suggested Citation

Aikin, Scott F., Holding One's Own (September 6, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012501 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1012501

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