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Evidence and Agency: Norms of Belief for Promising and Resolving

Berislav Marušić


This book is concerned with the question of how, as agents, we should take into account evidence when making a future-directed commitment. In particular, it addresses the following problem: suppose we are promising or resolving to do something but we have evidence that there is a significant chance that we will fail to follow through. If we believe that we will follow through, we seem to be irrational. Yet if we believe that there is a significant chance that we won’t, we seem to be insincere. Hence, it seems, it is improper to make such a promise or resolution—despite the fact that we do so v ... More

Keywords: promise, resolution, commitment, freedom, rationality, trust, testimony, evidentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Peter Strawson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714040
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Berislav Marušić, author
Brandeis University, Massachusetts