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Belief Policies

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521038720

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  • How do we form and modify our beliefs about the world? While accepting that what we believe is determined by evidence, and therefore is not directly under our control, Professor Helm argues that no theory of knowledge is complete without standards for accepting and rejecting evidence as belief-worthy. These standards, or belief-policies, are not themselves determined by evidence, but determine what counts as credible evidence. Unlike single beliefs, Helm argues, belief-policies are directly subject to the will, and consequently to weakness of will and self-deception. Helm reveals the importance of the idea of belief-policies in several areas of philosophy, in particular the philosophy of religion.

    • Addresses the crucial question of the development of man's beliefs about the world
    • This work links normative epistemology, the theory of rational belief and the philosophy of religion
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    "Helm's discussion is interesting, and this book adds to the growing literature linking epistemology with ethics." Ethics

    "Belief Policies offers a novel and, in my judgement, useful approach to its subject matter. This book provides a new perspective from which to view some issues in epistemology that already receive a good deal of attention, such as questions about the role of the will in belief formation and parallels between epistemology and ethics--parallels that can be eclipsed by other ways of approaching epistemology. This is a fine book well worth reading." Faith and Philosophy

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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521038720
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. Belief, knowledge and norm
    2. Belief and the will
    3. The idea of a belief-policy
    4. Belief-policies: some alternatives
    5. Which belief-policy?
    6. Belief, weakness of will and self-deception
    7. Responsibility for belief and toleration
    8. Fideism
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Paul Helm, King's College London

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