Evidentialism and the Will to Believe Hardback

by Andrew Goffey; Scott F. Aikin;

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Evidentialism and the Will to Believe

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Work on the norms of belief in epistemology regularly starts with two touchstone essays: W.K. Clifford's "The Ethics of Belief" and William James's "The Will to Believe." Discussing the central themes from these seminal essays, Evidentialism and the Will to Believe explores the history of the ideas governing evidentialism. As well as Clifford's argument from the examples of the shipowner, the consequences of credulity and his defense against skepticism, it tackles James's conditions for a genuine option and the structure of the will to believe case as a counter-example to Clifford's evidentialism. Exploring the question of whether James's case successfully counters Clifford's evidentialist rule for belief, this study captures the debate between those who hold that one should proportion belief to evidence and those who hold that the evidentialist norm is too restrictive. More than a sustained explication of the essays, it also surveys recent epistemological arguments to evidentialism.
But it is by bringing Clifford and James into fruitful conversation for the first time that this study presents a clearer history of the issues and provides an important reconstruction of the notion of evidence in contemporary epistemology.

Evidentialism and the Will to Believe by Andrew Goffey; Scott F. Aikin was published by Continuum in May 2014. The ISBN for Evidentialism and the Will to Believe is 9781623560171.

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Details for Evidentialism and the Will to Believe

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (May 2014)
Number of Pages240
Thickness14 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4257933
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