The Aim of Belief

Hardcover | January 13, 2014

EditorTimothy Chan

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What is belief? "Beliefs aim at truth" is the commonly accepted starting point for philosophers who want to give an adequate account of this fundamental state of mind, but it raises as many questions as it answers. For example, in what sense can beliefs be said to have an aim of their own? Ifbelief aims at truth, does it mean that reasons to believe must also be based on truth? Must beliefs be formed on the basis of evidence alone? Is truth the constitutive norm of belief? Does aiming at truth bring in a normative dimension to the nature of belief? How can the aim of truth guide theformation of our beliefs? In what ways do partial beliefs aim at truth? Is truth the aim of epistemic justification? Last but not least, is it knowledge rather than truth which is the fundamental aim of belief?In recent years, pursuing these questions has proved extremely fertile for our understanding of a wide range of current issues in philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, and meta-ethics. The Aim of Belief is the first book to be devoted to this fast-growing topic. It brings together elevennewly commissioned essays by leading authors on the aim of belief. The volume not only reflects the state of the art, but further advances the current debate. It will be key reading for researchers and students of philosophy interested in mind, knowledge and reason.

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What is belief? "Beliefs aim at truth" is the commonly accepted starting point for philosophers who want to give an adequate account of this fundamental state of mind, but it raises as many questions as it answers. For example, in what sense can beliefs be said to have an aim of their own? Ifbelief aims at truth, does it mean that reas...

Timothy Chan is a Researcher at the University of Oslo for the Reflective Mind research project, which has been awarded funding by the Research Council of Norway. Before moving to Norway, he was lecturer at the University of East Anglia and taught at several other universities in the UK and Hong Kong. He has published research article...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019967213X

ISBN - 13:9780199672134

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Acknowledgements1. Timothy Chan: Introduction: Aiming at Truth2. Paul Horwich: Belief-Truth Norms3. Pascal Engel: In Defense of Normativism about the Aim of Belief4. David Papineau: There Are No Norms of Belief5. Kathrin Gluer and Asa Wikforss: Against Belief Normativity6. Krister Bykvist and Anandi Hattiangadi: Belief, Truth and Blindspots7. Ralph Wedgwood: What is The Right Thing to Believe?8. Jonathan Adler and Michael Hicks: Non-Evidential Reasons to Believe9. Andrew Reisner: Leaps of Knowledge10. Daniel Whiting: Nothing but the Truth: On the Norms and Aims of Belief11. Asbjorn Steglich-Petersen: Truth as the Aim of Epistemic JustificationIndex