Believing Against the Evidence Hardback

Agency and the Ethics of Belief

by Miriam Schleifer McCormick;

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Believing Against the Evidence

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The question of whether it is ever permissible to believe on insufficient evidence has once again become a live question. Greater attention is now being paid to practical dimensions of belief, namely issues related to epistemic virtue, doxastic responsibility, and voluntarism. In this book, McCormick argues that the standards used to evaluate beliefs are not isolated from other evaluative domains. The ultimate criteria for assessing beliefs are the same as those for assessing action because beliefs and actions are both products of agency. Two important implications of this thesis, both of which deviate from the dominant view in contemporary philosophy, are 1) it can be permissible (and possible) to believe for non-evidential reasons, and 2) we have a robust control over many of our beliefs, a control sufficient to ground attributions of responsibility for belief

Believing Against the Evidence by Miriam Schleifer McCormick was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in November 2014. The ISBN for Believing Against the Evidence is 9780415818841.

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Details for Believing Against the Evidence

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (November 2014)
Number of Pages158
Thickness11 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4286225
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