Philosophical Quarterly 71 (4):pqaa082 (2021)

Christopher Willard-Kyle
University of Glasgow
According to the doctrine of infallibility, one is permitted to believe p if one knows that necessarily, one would be right if one believed that p. This plausible principle—made famous in Descartes’ cogito—is false. There are some self-fulfilling, higher-order propositions one can’t be wrong about but shouldn’t believe anyway: believing them would immediately make one's overall doxastic state worse.
Keywords Infallibility  Veritism  Defeat  Self-fulfilling beliefs  Higher-order beleifs  cogito
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DOI 10.1093/pq/pqaa082
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