By Professor Andrew Reisner, Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen

ISBN-10: 1107006872

ISBN-13: 9781107006874

Philosophers have lengthy been fascinated by what we all know and the way we all know it. more and more, even though, a similar query has received prominence in philosophical dialogue: what may still we think and why? This quantity brings jointly twelve new essays that tackle diversified elements of this query. The essays research foundational questions about purposes for trust, and use new study on purposes for trust to handle conventional epistemological matters corresponding to wisdom, justification and perceptually got ideals. This publication could be of curiosity to philosophers engaged on epistemology, theoretical cause, rationality, conception and ethics. it is going to even be of curiosity to cognitive scientists and psychologists who desire to achieve deeper perception into normative questions about trust and data.

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Likewise, my belief that there is an even number of dust specks on my desk can be well supported by epistemic reasons, even if nothing of value would be promoted by forming such a belief. Nevertheless, I will argue that there is a broadly teleological account compatible with these claims. 4 two kinds of reasons for belief Normally, reasons for belief are taken to be reasons for believing that some particular proposition, or body of propositions, is true. But this is not the only kind of reasons relating to beliefs.

15 I am assuming that there are no non-evidential reasons for the beliefs in question. It is worth noting that one can set up parallel bootstrapping objections for principles of practical rationality. Indeed, this was Bratman’s original use of the objection. 40 andrew reisner It is worth noting that not all normative requirements that govern mental states are rational requirements. But it may be difficult to develop a precise set of criteria for distinguishing between normative requirements on mental states that capture a requirement of rationality and those that do not.

In particular, this chapter will look at the more specific matter of whether there is reason to be theoretically rational. I shall argue that there is very strong reason to be theoretically rational. Unfortunately, answering the question about theoretical rationality does not settle questions about the normativity of practical rationality, but I shall outline in a speculative way how the considerations raised here in favor of the normativity of theoretical rationality might be used to show that the requirements of practical rationality are normative.

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