Terry Horgan, Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona
“Morphological Content and Chromatic Illumination in Belief Fixation”
Thursday February 14, 2019
Liberal Arts Building, Room 209F
3:45 – 5:15 pm
Belief fixation is the formation and maintenance of beliefs. Humans, despite their epistemic foibles, often engage in rational belief-fixation—thereby forming and maintaining doxastically justified beliefs. We will here argue for the following claims. First, rational belief-fixation typically is inferential, in a way that draws holistically and abductively upon rich amounts of pertinent evidence possessed by the belief-forming cognizer. Second, much of this pertinent evidence is—and must be—accommodated during belief fixation without getting represented during the process. Nevertheless, third, the doxastic justification of a given belief depends heavily and constitutively upon conscious appreciation of the evidential support that accrues to this belief—even though, typically, much of this evidential support never becomes overtly present in consciousness during belief fixation.
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