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Belief Policies : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - Professor Paul Helm

Belief Policies

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 24th June 1994
ISBN: 9780521460286
Number Of Pages: 244

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How do we form and modify our beliefs about the world? It is widely accepted that what we believe is determined by evidence, and is therefore not directly under our control; but according to what criteria is the credibility of the evidence established? Professor Helm argues that no theory of knowledge is complete without standards for accepting and rejecting evidence as belief-worthy. These standards, or belief-policies, are not themselves determined by evidence, but determine what counts as credible evidence. Unlike single beliefs, belief-policies are directly subject to the will, and therefore to the possibility of weakness of will and self-deception. Helm sets out to interpret standard epistemological positions in terms of belief-policies, and to illustrate their operation in the history of philosophy. He establishes connections between belief-policies, responsibility for beliefs, and the desirability of toleration, before reassessing fideism in the light of his argument.

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"Helm's discussion is interesting, and this book adds to the growing literature linking epistemology with ethics." Ethics "Belief Policies offers a novel and, in my judgement, useful approach to its subject matter. This book provides a new perspective from which to view some issues in epistemology that already receive a good deal of attention, such as questions about the role of the will in belief formation and parallels between epistemology and ethics--parallels that can be eclipsed by other ways of approaching epistemology. This is a fine book well worth reading." Faith and Philosophy

Belief, knowledge and norm
Belief and the will
The idea of a belief-policy
Belief-policies: some alternatives
Which belief-policy?
Belief, weakness of will and self-deception
Responsibility for belief and toleration
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ISBN: 9780521460286
ISBN-10: 052146028X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 24th June 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.38 x 14.68  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.41

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