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Marco Antonio Joven-Romero

. Williams’s (1970) statement “belief aims at truth” is basic to recent epistemic approaches that study the links between belief, truth, and pragmatic considerations ( Chan 2013; Teorema 2013 ). In this paper I consider three main positions: an epistemic one saying that beliefs aim at truth; a pragmatic one

T.M. Luhrmann

Belief has always struck me as the wrong question, especially when it is offered as a diagnostic for determining the realness of the gods. ROBERT ORSI , Between Heaven and Earth ∵ Faith is about seeing the world as it is and experiencing it—to some extent—as the world as it

Jonathan Jong

Beliefs are Object-attribute Associations of Varying Strength Since Russell’s lectures on logical atomism, philosophers have commonly argued that a belief is a propositional attitude: in particular, it is the attitude that the proposition in question is true (e.g., Bogdan 1986; Dawes 2013

Kurt C.M. Mertel

thought fixed by employing different indexical expressions to display the same sense on different occasions of use. This is precisely what I take to be required by Evans’ notion of “dynamic Fregean thoughts”: in order to keep track of and maintain the same thought/belief over a period of time, one must

Sebastian Schmidt

fehlgeleiteten Kausalketten. Literatur Adams Robert M. 1985 : “ Involuntary Sins .” The Philosophical Review 94 , 3 – 31 . Adler Jonathan 2002 : Belief’s Own Ethics . Cambridge, London : MIT Press . Aristoteles: Nikomachische Ethik . Übersetzt

Joseph W. Long

It seems to me that many of our deepest, most cherished, and most stalwart beliefs lack epistemic justification and yet I think we have the right to hold many of these beliefs. In this paper, I will discuss what I will call salutary beliefs and distinguish them from epistemically justified

Neil Van Leeuwen

1 Introduction: A Common Intellectual Mistake Ty stopped me after class to ask if I thought true beliefs were valuable. On hearing his question, I suspected the contrarian point he had in mind. I also suspected he was about to make a particular mistake I had encountered before. “Of

Religion, Belief and Unbelief

A Psychological Study

Antoon Vergote

This book focuses attention on the central elements of human religious existence. Vergote's primary aim and viewpoint are clear: to examine empirically and to interpret dynamically the psychological factors at work in the field of religion. Vergote consistently adheres to the position that psychology is neither philosophy nor theology and that its task is not to explain religion. In this work he situates religion as a cultural fact and studies how persons orient themselves to it, positively and/or negatively. Rather than emphasise and juxtapose belief and unbelief as alternative positions, he sees them as threads of experiences interwoven throughout the human existence of persons and institutions. In this context he studies motivations and their ambivalences, religious experiences and their ambiguities, conflicts between religious belief and unbelief, and the various expressions and practices of religion.


Barbara Trybulec

mutually related individuals’ beliefs, hence the thesis of a group as a self-standing agent is seriously undermined. Yet, in the last part of the paper I will show that this pessimistic conclusion is not inevitable. The group agency


Barbara Trybulec

, the discontinuity between a group and its members’ intentional states vanishes. If this is right, it seems that a group epistemic agency could be entirely explained in terms of mutually related individuals’ beliefs, hence the thesis of a group as a self-standing agent is seriously undermined. Yet, in