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Elizabeth Jackson
Australian National University
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I examine three attitudes: belief, faith, and hope. I argue that all three attitudes play the same role in rationalizing action. First, I explain two models of rational action—the decision-theory model and the belief-desire model. Both models entail there are two components of rational action: an epistemic component and a conative component. Then, using this framework, I show how belief, faith, and hope that p can all make it rational to accept, or act as if, p. I conclude by showing how my picture can explain how action-oriented commitments can be rational over time, both in the face of counterevidence and in the face of waning affections.
Keywords Belief  Faith  Hope  Evidence  Desire  Credence  Decision Theory  Practical Rationality  Diachronic Rationality  Counterevidence
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DOI 10.1093/mind/fzaa023
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