Reflection and the Stability of Belief

Reflection and the Stability of Belief

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A unifying theme of Loeb's work is epistemological - that Descartes and Hume advance theories of knowledge that rely on a substantial 'naturalistic' component, adopting one or another member of a cluster of psychological properties of beliefs as the goal of inquiry and the standard for assessing belief-forming mechanisms. Thus Loeb shows a surprising affinity between the epistemologies of the two figures -- surprising because they are often thought of as polar opposites in this respect. Descartes and Hume are unique in that their philosophical texts are accessible beyond just a narrow audience in the history of philosophy; their ideas continue to be a vital part of the field at large. This volume will thus appeal to advanced students and scholars not just in the history of early modern philosophy but in epistemology and other core areas of the discipline.Both hypotheses are offered as representing epistemic possibilities: for all Descartes knows, at the points in the Meditations where the ... In neither case does Descartes make any claim about the likelihood or probability that the hypothesis is true.18 In these circumstances, ... to believe that there is a God who is a deceiver, and as I have not yet satisfied myself that there is a God at alla€ (HR 1.159: AT 7.36).

Title:Reflection and the Stability of Belief
Author:Louis E. Loeb
Publisher:Oxford University Press on Demand - 2010


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