The Marc Sanders Foundation has announced that the recipient of its 2021 Epistemology Prize is Rachel Fraser, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.
Dr. Fraser won the award for her article titled “The Will in Belief”. Here is the summary of the article:
It is bad to hold on to a belief in the face of good evidence that it is wrong. It makes you dogmatic. Enter the classic dogmatism puzzle. The standard answer? Go for defeat: new evidence can destroy old knowledge. But there are variations of the classic dogmatism puzzle that defeat cannot help. Worse yet, these puzzles threaten to undermine the standard defeatist solution to the classic puzzle. Call them the riddles of revenge. Two are already noted in the literature. In this article, I present a third particularly harsh revenge puzzle. I then present a unified solution to the puzzles of revenge. The solution motivates a boldly revisionist conception of belief: a conception in which belief implies will.
The price includes $ 5,000 and the publication of the article in Oxford Studies in Epistemology.
The award is administered by Tamar Szabó Gendler (Yale) and is one of several philosophy awards sponsored by the Marc Sanders Foundation. You can read more about the award and see past winners here.