A new argument for evidentialism

Philosophical Quarterly 56 (225):481–498 (2006)
Abstract
When we deliberate whether to believe some proposition, we feel immediately compelled to look for evidence of its truth. Philosophers have labelled this feature of doxastic deliberation 'transparency'. I argue that resolving the disagreement in the ethics of belief between evidentialists and pragmatists turns on the correct explanation of transparency. My hypothesis is that it reflects a conceptual truth about belief: a belief that p is correct if and only if p. This normative truth entails that only evidence can be a reason for belief. Although evidentialism does not follow directly from the mere psychological truth that we cannot believe for non-evidential reasons, it does follow directly from the normative conceptual truth about belief which explains why we cannot do so
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 10,561
External links
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
Peter Railton (1986). Moral Realism. Philosophical Review 95 (2):163-207.
Nishi Shah (2003). How Truth Governs Belief. Philosophical Review 112 (4):447-482.

View all 6 references

Citations of this work BETA
Berislav Marušić (2011). The Ethics of Belief. Philosophy Compass 6 (1):33-43.
Inga Nayding (2011). Conceptual Evidentialism. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 92 (1):39-65.

View all 16 citations

Similar books and articles
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

213 ( #2,208 of 1,098,129 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #283,807 of 1,098,129 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.