Avoiding Risk and Avoiding Evidence

Abstract

It is natural to think that there is something epistemically objectionable about avoiding evidence, at least in ideal cases. We argue that this natural thought is inconsistent with a kind of risk-avoidance that is both wide-spread and intuitively rational. More specifically, we argue that if the kind of risk-avoidance recently defended by Lara Buchak is rational, avoiding evidence can be epistemically commendable.

In the course of our argument we also lay some foundations for studying epistemic value, or accuracy, when considering risk-avoidant agents.