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No Norm Needed: On the Aim of Belief

Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen
The Philosophical Quarterly (1950-)
Vol. 56, No. 225 (Oct., 2006), pp. 499-516
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3840969
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No Norm Needed: On the Aim of Belief
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Abstract

Does transparency in doxastic deliberation entail a constitutive norm of correctness governing belief, as Shah and Velleman argue? No, because this presupposes an implausibly strong relation between normative judgements and motivation from such judgements, ignores our interest in truth, and cannot explain why we pay different attention to how much justification we have for our beliefs in different contexts. An alternative account of transparency is available: transparency can be explained by the aim one necessarily adopts in deliberating about whether to believe that p. To show this, I reconsider the role of the concept of belief in doxastic deliberation, and I defuse 'the teleologian's dilemma'.

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