Believing Against the Evidence Paperback

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 July 2016. The ISBN for Believing Against the Evidence is 9781138208940.

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Details for Believing Against the Evidence

Page last updated 27th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (July 2016)
Number of Pages158
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4451997
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