David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Explorations 14 (2):169-183 (2011)
I investigate what we mean when we hold people responsible for beliefs. I begin by outlining a puzzle concerning our ordinary judgments about beliefs and briefly survey and critique some common responses to the puzzle. I then present my response where I argue a sense needs to be articulated in which we do have a kind of control over our beliefs if our practice of attributing responsibility for beliefs is appropriate. In developing this notion of doxastic control, I draw from John Fischer's discussions of?guidance control?. A central feature of this kind of control is the idea of?ownership?. I argue that we can own our beliefs and that we expect each other to do so. We take responsibility for our beliefs and taking responsibility includes taking control of them. I end by considering objections to my view as well as some implications of it
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
John Martin Fischer & Mark Ravizza (1998). Responsibility and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility. Cambridge University Press.
J. Adler (2002). Belief's Own Ethics. MIT Press.
Harry G. Frankfurt (1971). Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person. Journal of Philosophy 68 (1):5-20.
Harry G. Frankfurt (1969). Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility. Journal of Philosophy 66 (3):829-39.
Angela M. Smith (2005). Responsibility for Attitudes: Activity and Passivity in Mental Life. Ethics 115 (2):236-271.
Citations of this work BETA
Conor McHugh (2013). Epistemic Responsibility and Doxastic Agency. Philosophical Issues 23 (1):132-157.
Conor McHugh (forthcoming). Attitudinal Control. Synthese:1-18.
Andrea Kruse (forthcoming). Why Doxastic Responsibility is Not Based on Direct Doxastic Control. Synthese:1-32.
Similar books and articles
Neil Levy (2007). Doxastic Responsibility. Synthese 155 (1):127 - 155.
Rik Peels (2013). Belief-Policies Cannot Ground Doxastic Responsibility. Erkenntnis 78 (3):561-569.
P. Eddy Wilson (2006). Regulative Control and the Subjectivist's View of Moral Responsibility. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 13 (1):28-33.
Ronney Mourad (2008). Choosing to Believe. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 63 (1/3):55 - 69.
Rico Vitz, Doxastic Voluntarism. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
John Martin Fischer (1999). The Value of Moral Responsibility. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1:129-140.
Alfred R. Mele (1994). Self-Control and Belief. Philosophical Psychology 7 (4):419 – 435.
Richard Feldman (2008). Modest Deontologism in Epistemology. Synthese 161 (3):339 - 355.
John Martin Fischer (1997). Responsibility, Control, and Omissions. Journal of Ethics 1 (1):45-64.
Robert Audi (2008). The Ethics of Belief: Doxastic Self-Control and Intellectual Virtue. Synthese 161 (3):403 - 418.
James D. Steadman (2012). Moral Responsibility and Motivational Mechanisms. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 (4):473 - 492.
Carl Ginet (2006). Working with Fischer and Ravizza's Account of Moral Responsibility. Journal of Ethics 10 (3):229-253.
Mary Jean Walker (2010). Addiction and Self-Deception: A Method for Self-Control? Journal of Applied Philosophy 27 (3):305-319.
Added to index2011-05-17
Total downloads61 ( #68,007 of 1,792,912 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #90,406 of 1,792,912 )
How can I increase my downloads?