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Epistemic duties and blameworthiness for belief, by Christopher Todd Gadsden

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Epistemic duties and blameworthiness for belief
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Epistemic duties and blameworthiness for belief
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by Christopher Todd Gadsden
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Language
eng
Summary
People sometimes believe things they shouldn't. Tommy believes in Santa Claus, Rev. Jones believes that the world is ending, and Adolf believes that some ethnic groups are superior to others. But are they somehow at fault (blameworthy) for holding these 'bad' beliefs? In my dissertation, I argue that people are blameworthy for a doxastic attitude D just in case they hold D and have unfulfilled epistemic duties regarding D. An epistemic duty is a duty to investigate or reflect on the evidence for one's doxastic state. Whenever we have some doubt about our doxastic state, as Tommy has about his belief in Santa, or don't have doubt we should have, as in Mr. Jones' case, we have a duty to investigate further. If we ignore this duty, even though circumstances allow us the freedom to investigate, we incur epistemic blameworthiness. In the case of religious belief, epistemic blameworthiness is especially grave. Those who fail to form the required religious beliefs may find themselves, if blameworthy, subject to divine judgment. Some worry, however, that the evidence for god is insufficient to render anyone blameworthy. I argue that according to the traditional Christian view, the evidence is sufficient when we take into account both the ubiquity of religious experience and our natural predisposition to believe in God. Thus, only those non-believers whose cognitive faculties are not functioning properly (which may include many children and adult atheists) can be considered blameless
Cataloging source
MUU
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Gadsden, Christopher Todd
Degree
Ph.D.
Dissertation note
Dissertation
Dissertation year
2014.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
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illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
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McGrath, Matthew
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Epistemic duties and blameworthiness for belief, by Christopher Todd Gadsden
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Publication
Note
  • "May 2014."
  • Advisor: Professor Matthew McGrath
  • Includes vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-120)
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
905907117
Extent
1 online resource (3 files)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
color illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)905907117
Label
Epistemic duties and blameworthiness for belief, by Christopher Todd Gadsden
Publication
Note
  • "May 2014."
  • Advisor: Professor Matthew McGrath
  • Includes vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-120)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
905907117
Extent
1 online resource (3 files)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
color illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)905907117

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