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      The persuasiveness puzzle about bootstrapping

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      bootstrapping, doubting, Mooreanism, persuasiveness, reasoning

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          This paper aims at resolving a puzzle about the persuasiveness of bootstrapping. On the one hand, bootstrapping is not a persuasive method of settling questions about the reliability of a source. On the other hand, our beliefs that our sense apparatus is reliable is based on other empirically formed beliefs, that is, they are acquired via a presumably complex bootstrapping process. I will argue that when we doubt the reliability of a source, bootstrapping is not a persuasive method for coming to believe that the source is reliable. However, when being initially unaware of a source and its reliability, as in the case of forming beliefs about our sense apparatus, bootstrapping can be eventually persuasive.

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                Contributors
                guido.melchior@uni-graz.at
                Journal
                Ratio (Oxf)
                Ratio (Oxf)
                10.1111/(ISSN)1467-9329
                RATI
                Ratio
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                0034-0006
                1467-9329
                06 January 2020
                March 2020
                : 33
                : 1 ( doiID: 10.1111/rati.v33.1 )
                : 27-36
                Affiliations
                [ 1 ] Department of Philosophy University of Graz Heinrichstraße 26 8010 Graz Austria
                [ 2 ] Department of Philosophy Alpen‐Adria‐Universität Klagenfurt Universitätsstraße 65–67 9020 Klagenfurt Austria
                Author notes
                [* ] Correspondence

                Guido Melchior, Department of Philosophy, University of Graz, Heinrichstraße 26, 8010 Graz, Austria.

                Email: guido.melchior@ 123456uni-graz.at

                Article
                RATI12253
                10.1111/rati.12253
                7027492
                © 2020 The Authors. Ratio published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Funded by: Austrian Science Fund , open-funder-registry 10.13039/501100002428;
                Award ID: P 28884
                Award ID: P 27587
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                March 2020
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                reasoning, persuasiveness, mooreanism, doubting, bootstrapping

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