Compatibilism and doxastic control

Philosophia 34 (2):143-152 (2006)
Abstract
Sharon Ryan has recently argued that if one has compatibilist intuitions about free action, then one should reject the claim that agents cannot exercise direct voluntary control over coming to believe. In this paper I argue that the differences between beliefs and actions make the expectation of direct voluntary control over coming to believe unreasonable. So Ryan's theory of doxastic agency is untenable.
Keywords doxastic voluntarism  belief  agency  action theory  epistemology
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