Erkenntnis 82 (1):169-183 (2017)

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Gustavo Cevolani
IMT School For Advanced Studies Lucca
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The Preface Paradox apparently shows that it is sometimes rational to believe logically incompatible propositions. In this paper, I propose a way out of the paradox based on the ideas of fallibilism and verisimilitude. More precisely, I defend the view that a rational inquirer can fallibly believe or accept a proposition which is false, or likely false, but verisimilar; and I argue that this view makes the Preface Paradox disappear. Some possible objections to my proposal, and an alternative view of fallible belief, are briefly discussed in the final part of the paper.
Keywords Preface Paradox  Truthlikeness  Verisimilitude  Rationality  Belief  Acceptance  Bayesian epistemology
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