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Responsible Belief: A Theory in Ethics and Epistemology

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2017.10.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rik Peels, Responsible Belief: A Theory in Ethics and Epistemology, Oxford University Press, 2017, 288 pp., $78.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190608118. Reviewed by Gunnar Björnsson, Stockholm University Rik Peels provides a comprehensive, original account of intellectual duties, doxastic blameworthiness, and responsible belief. The discussions, relating to work in epistemology as well as moral responsibility, are clear and often provide useful entries into the literature. Though I disagree with some of the main conclusions, the arguments are carefully laid out and typically merit a good amount of thought, even where one remains unconvinced. After providing an overview of the contents, I will specifically suggest that Peels' theory fails to account for one important kind of doxastic obligation and doxastic blame. In Chapter 1, Peels defends his understanding of the phenomena that are central to his inquiry. In line. . .

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