Clifford and the Common Epistemic Norm
by Robin McKenna
This paper develops a "Cliffordian" argument for a common epistemic norm governing belief, action,
and assertion. The idea is that beliefs are the sorts of things that lead to actions and assertions. What
each of us believes influences what we act on and assert, and in turn influences what those around
us believe, act on, and assert. Belief, action, and assertion should be held to a common epistemic
norm because, otherwise, this system will become contaminated. The paper finishes by drawing out
the relativistic implications of the Cliffordian argument.