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Responsible Belief: A Theory in Ethics and Epistemology

Rik Peels


What we believe and fail to believe has a great impact on what we do. This is true for extreme beliefs, such as fundamentalist beliefs, but also more mundane beliefs. Hence, if we want to act responsibly, we should believe responsibly; however, it seems we lack the kind of control over our beliefs that such responsibility requires: we cannot choose our beliefs. The book evaluates several responses to this so-called problem of doxastic involuntarism, and finds that each of them fails, including the currently popular response that we are responsible for our beliefs to the extent that they are re ... More

Keywords: compatibilism, control, doxastic involuntarism, force, ignorance, luck, responsible belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190608118
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190608118.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rik Peels, author
VU University Amsterdam