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Intellectual responsibility

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Intellectual responsibility (also known as epistemic responsibility) is a philosophical concept related to that of epistemic justification.[1] According to Frederick F. Schmitt, "the conception of justified belief as epistemically responsible belief has been endorsed by a number of philosophers, including Roderick Chisholm (1977), Hilary Kornblith (1983), and Lorraine Code (1983)."[2]

Responsibility of intellectuals[edit]

A separate concept was introduced by the linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky in an essay published as a special supplement by The New York Review of Books on 23 February 1967, entitled "The Responsibility of Intellectuals". Chomsky argues that intellectuals should make themselves responsible for searching for the truth and the exposing of lies.


  1. ^ Ash, Thomas. "Responsibility, justification and knowledge". www.philosofiles.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  2. ^ Schmitt, Frederick (1993). "Epistemic Perspectivism". In Heil, John (ed.). Rationality, Morality and Self-Interest: Essays Honoring Mark Carl Overvold. Studies in Epistemology and Cognitive Theory. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 9780847677627. OCLC 26810408.

See also[edit]

  • Epistemic virtue – Branch of virtue ethics that focuses on the cultivation of epistemic responsibility
  • I'm entitled to my opinion – Informal fallacy
  • Intellectual rigor – Adhering absolutely to certain constraints with consistency
  • Intellectual virtue – Concept in Aristotelian ethics
  • Justified true belief – Proposed definitions of knowledge
  • Noblesse oblige – Concept that nobility confers social responsibilities

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