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Author Meylan, Anne.

Title Foundations of an ethics of belief [electronic resource] / Anne Meylan.

Imprint Frankfurt : Ontos Verlag, ©2013.

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Description 1 online resource (218 pages).
Series Practical philosophy ; v. 15
Practical philosophy ; Bd. 15.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents TABLE OF CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; The initial intuition; Main objective; Preliminary clarificatory remarks; Two central problems; The problem of control and responsibility; The normative problem; Abstracts of the chapters; Chapter 1: What the philosophy of action teaches us; Chapter 2: The impossibility of acquiring beliefs directly for reasons; Chapter 3: Pascalian and theoretical control; Chapter 4: Doxastic responsibility as responsibility for consequences; Chapter 5: Epistemic praiseworthiness and epistemic blameworthiness; Chapter 6: Beyond epistemic justifiedness.
Chapter 7: Epistemic justifiedness and non-epistemic justifiednessChapter 1: What the philosophy of action teaches us; Actions and happenings; Non-reductionist conception of action; Reductionist conception of action; Actions, happenings and activities; Acting for reasons; Three distinctions about reasons; Motivating reasons vs. normative reasons; Internalism vs. externalism about reasons; Humean vs. anti-Humean conception of motivation; Back to the doxastic realm; Epistemic reasons, non-epistemic reasons and evidence; Delineating the interesting issue.
Chapter 2: The Impossibility of directly acquiring beliefs for reasonsDirect and indirect belief acquisitions; Direct/indirect acquisitions of belief and epistemic/non-epistemic reasons; Williams' argument; "To believe that p is to believe that p is true"; Believing vs. imagining; Transparency; The teleological account; Conclusions; Chapter 3: Theoretical and Pascalian control; Two forms of indirect doxastic control; Theoretical control; Pascalian control; Indirect doxastic influence on belief acquisitions; Unlimited doxastic control considered; Ryan's unlimited doxastic control.
Pieces of evidence vs. motivating reasonsSteup's unlimited doxastic control; Chapter 4: Doxastic Responsibility as Responsibility for Consequences; Responsibility for consequences; Responsibility for basic actions; Responsibility for the consequences of actions; Responsibility for resultant belief acquisitions, theoretical and Pascalian control; Responsibility for resultant belief acquisitions and indirect doxastic influence; Responsibility for believing; Chapter 5: Epistemic praiseworthiness and blameworthiness; Epistemic and non-epistemic desirability; The fundamental epistemic end.
Other epistemically desirable statesThe fundamental epistemic end: some specifications; Epistemic and non-epistemic ends: summary; Varieties of epistemic goodness*; Final and instrumental epistemic goodness; Epistemic rationality and epistemic commendability; Varieties of epistemic praiseworthiness and blameworthiness; Final and instrumental epistemic praiseworthiness and blameworthiness; Epistemic praiseworthiness/blameworthiness for rational belief acquisitions.
Summary In the course of our daily lives we make lots of evaluations of actions. We think that driving above the speed limit is dangerous, that giving up one's bus seat to the elderly is polite, that stirring eggs with a plastic spoon is neither good nor bad. We understand too that we may be praised or blamed for actions performed on the basis of these evaluations. The same is true in the case of certain beliefs. Sometimes we blame people for what they believe falsely or irrationally. On occasion, we praise them for their intellectual discoveries. The goal of the present study is to describe the found.
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Subject Ethics.
Social ethics.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Meylan, Anne. Foundations of an Ethics of Belief. Berlin : De Gruyter, ©2013 9783110327441
ISBN 9783110327816 (electronic bk.)
3110327813 (electronic bk.)