The Knowledge Norm of Belief

Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 9 (1):43-50 (2020)
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Abstract

Doxastic normativism is the thesis that norms are constitutive of or essential to belief, such that no mental state not subject to those norms counts as a belief. A common normativist view is that belief is essentially governed by a norm of truth. According to Krister Bykvist and Anandi Hattiangadi, truth norms for belief cannot be formulated without unpalatable consequences: they are either false or they impose unsatisfiable requirements on believers. I propose that we construe the fundamental norm of belief as a knowledge norm, rather than a truth norm. I argue that a specific kind of knowledge norm—one that has a subject's obligation to believe that p depend on her being in a position to know that p—might avoid the well-known formulation problems with truth norms.

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Zachary Swindlehurst
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Knowledge and Its Limits.Timothy Williamson - 2000 - Philosophy 76 (297):460-464.
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