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The Aim of Belief

Timothy Chan


What is belief? ‘Beliefs aim at truth’ is commonly accepted as the 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. Pursuing these questions has proved fertile for our understanding of a wide range of current issues in philosophy of mind and action, epistemology and meta-ethics. This volume brings together eleven new essays by leading authors that further advance these debates. Major questions that are examined in depth from different theoretical perspectives across the chapters include: What ... More

Keywords: aim of belief, epistemology, justification, knowledge, mind, constitutive norm, reason, truth

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199672134
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Chan, editor
Researcher, University of Oslo

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1 Introduction

Timothy Chan

2 Belief-Truth Norms

Paul Horwich

5 Against Belief Normativity

Kathrin Glüer, and Åsa Wikforss

6 Belief, Truth, and Blindspots

Krister Bykvist, and Anandi Hattiangadi

8 Non-Evidential Reasons to Believe

Jonathan Adler, and Michael Hicks

9 Leaps of Knowledge

Andrew Reisner

10 Nothing but the Truth

Daniel Whiting

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