PSU Philosophy Club
"On What it Means to be Neutral"
Abstract: Matthew McGrath has argued that there are at least three distinct ways of being neutral—agnosticism, refraining from judgement, and suspension of judgement—and that while agnosticism may only be justified by epistemic factors, both refraining and suspending may be justified by non-epistemic factors. Against this view, I argue that suspension of judgement, as conceived of by McGrath, is not a distinct way of being neutral. Moreover, I claim that both agnosticism and refraining—i.e., the only genuinely distinct ways of being neutral McGrath has identified—are most plausibly conceived of as being justified by epistemic factors only.