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A Luxury of the UnderstandingOn the Value of True Belief$
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Allan Hazlett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674800.001.0001

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Humean Approaches

Humean Approaches

(p.155) 6 Humean Approaches
A Luxury of the Understanding

Hazlett Allan

Oxford University Press

“Humean” approaches to epistemic normativity, which explain epistemic normativity as a species of instrumental normativity, are articulated and criticized. A “teleological” conception of belief, on which belief requires a desire to believe nothing but the truth, is considered. It is argued that belief is not normally accompanied by the desires required by the Humean’s account. Objections, in defense of Humean approaches, are considered.

Keywords:   Instrumental value, epistemic value, epistemic reasons, instrumental reasons, teleological conception of belief

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