David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 2 (4):327-36 (2003)
The main goal of this paper is to show that Pettit and Smith’s (1996) argument concerning the nature of free belief is importantly incomplete. I accept Pettit and Smith’s emphasis upon normative constraints governing responsible believing and desiring, and their claim that the responsibly believing agent needs to possess an ability to believe (or desire) otherwise when believing (desiring) wrongly. But I argue that their characterization of these constraints does not do justice to one crucial factor, namely, the presence of an unreflective, sub-personally constituted, ability to spot the kind of situations in which the reflective critical abilities constitutive of responsible believing (and desiring) should be deployed
|Keywords||Belief Ethics Evidence Recognition Responsibility|
|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
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Josefa Toribio (2011). What We Do When We Judge. Dialectica 65 (3):345-367.
Christopher Hookway (2009). Belief and Freedom of Mind. Philosophical Explorations 12 (2):195 – 204.
Similar books and articles
Roger Fellows (2000). Animal Belief. Philosophy 75 (294):587-599.
Benjamin Vilhauer (2009). Free Will Skepticism and Personhood as a Desert Base. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 39 (3):pp. 489-511.
Anthony Robert Booth & Rik Peels (2010). Why Responsible Belief is Blameless Belief. Journal of Philosophy 107 (5):257-265.
Richard Moran (2005). Getting Told and Being Believed. Philosophers' Imprint 5 (5):1-29.
Curtis Brown (1992). Direct and Indirect Belief. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (2):289-316.
Robert Audi (2008). Belief, Faith, and Acceptance. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 63 (1/3):87 - 102.
John Cottingham (2009). Why Believe? Continuum.
Andrew Chignell, The Ethics of Belief. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Darrell P. Rowbottom (2007). 'In Between Believing' and Degrees of Belief. Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 26 (1):131-137.
Dorit Ganson (2008). Evidentialism and Pragmatic Constraints on Outright Belief. Philosophical Studies 139 (3):441 - 458.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads66 ( #34,766 of 1,700,257 )
Recent downloads (6 months)31 ( #19,633 of 1,700,257 )
How can I increase my downloads?