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Reasons for Belief


  • 4 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 284 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.55 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 121/.6
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: BD215 .R39 2011
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Belief and doubt
    • Aufsatzsammlung

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 (ISBN-13: 9781107006874)

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Philosophers have long been concerned about what we know and how we know it. Increasingly, however, a related question has gained prominence in philosophical discussion: what should we believe and why? This volume brings together twelve new essays that address different aspects of this question. The essays examine foundational questions about reasons for belief, and use new research on reasons for belief to address traditional epistemological concerns such as knowledge, justification and perceptually acquired beliefs. This book will be of interest to philosophers working on epistemology, theoretical reason, rationality, perception and ethics. It will also be of interest to cognitive scientists and psychologists who wish to gain deeper insight into normative questions about belief and knowledge.


Contributors; Introduction; Part I. Normative Reasons for Belief: 1. How to be a teleologist about epistemic reasons Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen; 2. Is there reason to be theoretically rational? Andrew Reisner; 3. Epistemic motivation: towards a metaethics of belief Veli Mitova; 4. Error theory and reasons for belief Jonas Olson; 5. Can reasons for belief be debunked? Nishi Shah; Part II. Reasons and Epistemic Justification: 6. Reasons and the justification of belief Clayton Littlejohn; 7. Perception, generality and reasons Hannah Ginsborg; 8. Immediate warrant, epistemic responsibility, and Moorean dogmatism Adam Leite; 9. Primitively rational belief-forming practices Ralph Wedgwood; 10. What does it take to 'have' a reason? Mark Schroeder; 11. Knowledge and reasons for belief Alan Millar; 12. What is the swamping problem? Duncan Pritchard.


"This book focuses on what are called theoretical reasons. The topic of interest resides both in practical philosophy, where the importance of the ability to give reasons for action has long been recognized, and in several specific areas of epistemology, where reasons play important roles in regard to questions of justification, warrant, and epistemic entitlement.... Recommended.... Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty."
--N.D. Smith, Lewis and Clark College, Choice


Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen, Andrew Reisner, Veli Mitova, Jonas Olson, Nishi Shah, Clayton Littlejohn, Hannah Ginsborg, Adam Leite, Ralph Wedgwood, Mark Schroeder, Alan Millar, Duncan Pritchard

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