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Blameworthy Belief

A Study in Epistemic Deontologism

Authors: Nottelmann, Nikolaj

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  • Provides the first extensive treatment of the notion of epistemic blameworthiness
  • Brings together for the first time important legal case material, meta-ethical theory and state-of-the-art epistemology
  • Presents a wide array of topics in contemporary philosophy, on which much interesting work is sure to be done in the near future
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Believing the wrong thing may sometimes have drastic consequences. The question as to when a person is not only ill-guided, but genuinely at fault for holding a particular belief is an important one: It touches upon the roots of our understanding of such notions as criminal negligence and moral responsibility. The answer to this question may influence the extent to which we are willing to submit each other to punishments ranging from mild resentment to harsh prison terms.

This book presents an extensive effort to shed light on the conditions under which we may appropriately deem someone blameworthy for holding a particular belief. It regiments and unifies several debates within contemporary epistemology, ethics and legal scholarship. Finally, the book brings a new philosophical look on issues like our power to control beliefs and the extent and nature of foresight.


"Blameworthy Belief is unique in being an up-to-date monograph devoted entirely to the problem of a moral appraisal of beliefs and the closely related problem of deciding to believe (doxastic voluntarism and anti-voluntarism). It is bound to become a highly influential work and is of great interest not only to epistemologists, but also to philosophers of law and moral philosophers." Heinrich Wansing, Professor of Philosophy of Science and Logic, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

"Nottelmann has nicely managed to weave accounts of competing views into his discussion, and so this book provides an excellent survey of the literature en route to the development of a sensible account of how we could be said to be responsible for believing various things, even though belief formation is not under our voluntary control." John Heil, Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis, U.S.A., and Monash University, Australia

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“I can only strongly recommend Nikolaj Nottelmann’s book ‘Blameworthy Belief’. It is the first book-length in-depth study of epistemic deontologism and develops a conceptually rich, concise and inspiring theory of epistemic blameworthiness.” (Andrea Kruse, Erkenntnis, Vol. 80, 2015)

"Nikolaj Nottelmann's Blameworthy Belief is unique in being an up-to-date monograph devoted entirely to the problem of a moral appraisal of beliefs and the closely related problem of deciding to believe (doxastic voluntarism and anti-voluntarism). It is argued that rational agents may be appropriate objects of deontic attitudes, in particular blameworthiness. Nottelmann thereby offers an original and in depth defence of the deontological conception of epistemic justification. Blameworthy Belief is bound to become a highly influential work and is of great interest not only to epistemologists, but also to philosophers of law and moral philosophers." Heinrich Wansing, Professor of Philosophy of Science and Logic, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

"Nottelmann has nicely managed to weave accounts of competing views into his discussion, and so this book provides an excellent survey of the literature en route to the development of a sensible account of how we could be said to be responsible for believing various things, even though belief formation is not under our voluntary control." John Heil, Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis, U.S.A., and Monash University, Australia


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-21

  • Belief and Acceptance

    Pages 23-31

  • Approaching a Conception of Epistemic Blameworthiness

    Pages 33-45

  • Blameworthy Belief as Inexcusably Undesirable Belief

    Pages 47-51

  • Epistemic Undesirability

    Pages 53-72

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Hardcover $159.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Blameworthy Belief
Book Subtitle
A Study in Epistemic Deontologism
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
338
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5961-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5961-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5960-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7489-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 282
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