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Sosa on the Normativity of Belief

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2013
Author Engel Pascal,
Project Analyses de la rationalité en termes de connaissance
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Philosophical Studies
Volume (Issue) 166(3)
Page(s) 617 - 624
Title of proceedings Philosophical Studies


Sosa takes epistemic normativity to be kind of performance normativity: a belief is correct because a believer sets a positive value to truth as an aim and performs aptly and adroitly. I object to this teleological picture that beliefs are not performances, and that epistemic reasons or beliefs cannot be balanced against practical reasons. Although the picture fits the nature of inquiry, it does not fit the normative nature of believing, which has to be conceived along distinct lines.