Between Probability And Certainty: What Justifies Belief.

Between Probability And Certainty: What Justifies Belief

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ISBN details

  • ISBN 10: 0198755333
  • ISBN 13: 9780198755333


Overview

Martin Smith explores a question central to philosophy--namely, what does it take for a belief to be justified or rational? According to a widespread view, whether one has justification for believing a proposition is determined by how probable that proposition is, given one's evidence. Smith argues, to the contrary, that in order for one to have justification for believing a proposition, one's evidence must normically support it--roughly, one'sevidence must make the falsity of that proposition abnormal in the sense of calling for special, independent explanation. This conception of justification bears upon a range of topics in epistemology and beyond.Ultimately, this way of looking at justification guides us to a new, unfamiliar picture of how we should respond to our evidence and manage our own fallibility. This picture is developed here.

Other Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Date Published: 2016-03-07
  • Authors: Martin Smith