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The Norm of Belief
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The Norm of Belief

John Gibbons


This is a book about the nature of epistemic normativity. Belief seems to come with a built-in set of standards or norms. One task is to say where these standards come from. But the more basic task is to say what those standards are. In some sense, beliefs are supposed to be true. Perhaps they’re supposed to constitute knowledge. And in some sense, they really ought to be reasonable. Which, if any, of these is the fundamental norm of belief? The book argues against the teleological or instrumentalist conception of rationality that sees being reasonable as a means to our more objective aims, ei ... More

Keywords: knowledge, truth, justification, belief, epistemic normativity, rationality, reasons, Moore’s Paradox, requirements, internalism, externalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673391
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gibbons, author
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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