The Norm of Belief

2014.03.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Gibbons, The Norm of Belief, Oxford University Press, 2013, 302pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199673391. Reviewed
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2014.03.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Gibbons, The Norm of Belief, Oxford University Press, 2013, 302pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199673391. Reviewed by Errol Lord, Franklin & Marshall College Gibbons' excellent book is about a puzzle at the heart of epistemic normativity. The puzzle is that it seems like beliefs are subject to both objective truth norms and subjective evidential norms. It is intuitive that there is something automatically wrong with false beliefs and it is intuitive to think that there is something automatically wrong with unjustified beliefs. This supports thinking the following two norms are true: (T) Necessarily, for all p, you ought to believe that p only if p (2). (J) Necessarily, for all p, you ought to believe that p iff you're justified in believing that p (5). The puzzle arises because (T) and (J) can conflict. To take Gibbons' favorite case (Missing Keys), 'suppose... Read. . .

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