Rational Belief: Structure, Grounds, and Intellectual Virtue

Paperback | August 17, 2015

byRobert Audi

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Rational Belief provides conceptions of belief and knowledge, offers a theory of how they are grounded, and connects them with the will and thereby with action, moral responsibility, and intellectual virtue. A unifying element is a commitment to representing epistemology - which is centrallyconcerned with belief - as integrated with a plausible philosophy of mind that does justice both to the nature of belief and to the conditions for its formation and regulation. Part One centers on belief and its relation to the will. It explores our control of our beliefs, and it describes severalforms belief may take and shows how beliefs are connected with the world outside the mind. Part Two concerns normative aspects of epistemology, explores the nature of intellectual virtue, and presents a theory of moral perception.The book also offers a theory of the grounds of both justification and knowledge and shows how these grounds bear on the self-evident. Rationality is distinguished from justification; each clarified in relation to the other; and the epistemological importance of the phenomenal - for instance, ofintuitional experience and other "private" aspects of mental life - is explored. The final section addresses social epistemology. It offers a theory of testimony as essential in human knowledge and a related account of the rational resolution of disagreements.

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Rational Belief provides conceptions of belief and knowledge, offers a theory of how they are grounded, and connects them with the will and thereby with action, moral responsibility, and intellectual virtue. A unifying element is a commitment to representing epistemology - which is centrallyconcerned with belief - as integrated with a ...

Robert Audi is an internationally known contributor to epistemology. He has published books and numerous papers in the field, and he lectures widely in epistemology and such related areas as ethical theory and philosophy of action. His epistemological books include The Structure of Justification (1993), The Architecture of Reason (OUP...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:August 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I. Belief: Its Structure, Content, and Relation to the Will1. Dispositional Beliefs and Dispositions to Believe2. Doxastic Voluntarism and the Ethics of Belief3. Belief: A Study in Form, Content, and JustificationPart II. Normativity and Virtue in Epistemology4. Moral Perception and Moral Knowledge5. Reliability as a Virtue6. Knowledge, Justification, and the Normativity of EpistemologyPart III. Epistemological Internalism and Grounds of Justification and Knowledge7. An Internalist Theory of Normative Grounds8. Theoretical Rationality: Its Sources, Structure, and Scope9. Doxastic Innocence: Phenomenal Conservatism and Epistemological Common Sense10. Skepticism About the A Priori: Self-Evidence, Defeasibility, and Cogito PropositionsPart IV. Social Epistemology11. The Place of Testimony in the Fabric of Knowledge and Justification12. Testimony as a Social Foundation of Knowledge13. The Ethics of Belief and the Morality of Disagreement: Intellectual Responsibility and Rational DisagreementIndex