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An Essay on Belief and Acceptance

L. Jonathan Cohen


This study examines the tension between voluntariness and involuntariness in human cognition. The book seeks to counter the widespread tendency for analytic epistemology to be dominated by the concept of belief. Is scientific knowledge properly conceived as being embodied at its best in a passive feeling of belief or in an active policy of acceptance? Should a jury's verdict declare what its members involuntarily accept? And should statements and assertions be presumed to express what their authors believe or what they accept? Does such a distinction between belief and acceptance help to resol ... More

Keywords: voluntariness, involuntariness, human cognition, analytic epistemology, concept of belief, self-deception, akrasia, contemporary epistemology, philosophy of mind, cognitive science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198236047
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. Jonathan Cohen, author
The Queen's College, Oxford