The Ethics of Belief

Hardcover | September 14, 2014

EditorJonathan Matheson, Rico Vitz

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How do people form beliefs, and how should they do so? This book presents seventeen new essays on these questions, drawing together perspectives from philosophy and psychology. The first section explores the ethics of belief from an individualistic framework. It begins by examining thequestion of doxastic voluntarism - i.e., the extent to which people have control over their beliefs. It then shifts to focusing on the kinds of character that epistemic agents should cultivate, what their epistemic ends ought to be, and the way in which these issues are related to other traditionalquestions in epistemology. The section concludes by examining questions of epistemic value, of whether knowledge is in some sense primary, and of whether the ethics of belief falls within the domain of epistemology or ethics.The second section extends this traditional debate to issues concerning the social dimensions of belief formation. It begins with essays by social psychologists discussing the past three decades of research in "lay epistemics". It continues by examining Humean, Kantian, and feminist insights intothe social aspects of belief formation, as well as questions concerning the ethics of assertion. The section concludes with a series of essays examining a topic that is currently of great interest to epistemologists: namely, the significance of peer disagreement.

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How do people form beliefs, and how should they do so? This book presents seventeen new essays on these questions, drawing together perspectives from philosophy and psychology. The first section explores the ethics of belief from an individualistic framework. It begins by examining thequestion of doxastic voluntarism - i.e., the extent...

Jonathan Matheson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Florida. He is the author of 'The Case for Rational Uniqueness' (Logos and Episteme), 'Are Conciliatory Views of Disagreement Self-Defeating?' (Social Epistemology), 'Conciliatory Views of Disagreement and Higher-Order Evidence' (Episte...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:September 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jonathan Matheson and Rico Vitz: IntroductionSECTION I: The Ethics of Belief: Individual1. Neil Levy and Eric Mandelbaum: The Powers that Bind: Doxastic Voluntarism and Epistemic Obligation2. Andrei Buckareff: Deciding to Believe Redux3. Heather Battaly: Varieties of Epistemic Vice4. Ernest Sosa: Knowledge and Time: Kripke's Dogmatism Paradox and the Ethics of Belief5. Dennis Whitcomb: Can There Be a Knowledge-First Ethics of Belief?6. Duncan Pritchard: Truth as the Fundamental Epistemic Good7. Berit Brogaard: Wide-Scope Requirements and the Ethics of Belief8. Trent Dougherty: The 'Ethics of Belief' is Ethics (Period): Reassigning ResponsibilismSECTION II: The Ethics of Belief: Social9. Arie W. Kruglanski and Lauren M. Boyatzi: The Psychology of Knowledge Formation: Its Impetus, Mechanism, and Social Context10. Mark Dechesne and Charlotte de Roon: Perspectives on Social Knowledge11. Rico Vitz: Contagion, Community, and Virtue in Hume's Epistemology12. Heidi Grasswick: Understanding Epistemic Normativity in Feminist Epistemology13. Catherine Z. Elgin: The Commonwealth of Epistemic Ends14. Sanford Goldberg: Assertion and the Ethics of Belief15. Richard Feldman: Evidence of Evidence is Evidence16. Thomas Kelly: Believers as Thermometers17. Jonathan Matheson: Disagreement: Idealized and EverydayIndex