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Reasons for Belief


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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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107540484

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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.

    • Coverage includes both foundational material and applications to current topics
    • Leading authors address recent research regarding a wide range of topics in the field
    • Provides a link between theoretical reason and contemporary epistemology
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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107540484
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Editors

    Andrew Reisner, McGill University, Montréal
    Andrew Reisner is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at McGill University. He has published a number of articles on theoretical reason and normativity.

    Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
    Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Aarhus University. He has published widely in epistemology and metaphysics, and is editor of Metaphysics: 5 Questions (2011).


    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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