Beliefs do not come in degrees

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 47 (6):760-778 (2017)
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Andrew Moon
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Philosophers commonly say that beliefs come in degrees. Drawing from the literature, I make precise three arguments for this claim: an argument from degrees of confidence, an argument from degrees of firmness, and an argument from natural language. I show that they all fail. I also advance three arguments that beliefs do not come in degrees: an argument from natural language, an argument from intuition, and an argument from the metaphysics of degrees. On the basis of these arguments, I conclude that beliefs do not come in degrees.
Keywords belief  confidence  credence  degrees of belief  metaphysics of degrees  partial belief
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DOI 10.1080/00455091.2017.1320201
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