Weighing aims in doxastic deliberation


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In this paper, I defend teleological theories of belief against the exclusivity objection. I argue that despite the exclusive influence of truth in doxastic deliberation, multiple epistemic aims interact when we consider what to believe. This is apparent when we focus on the processes involved in specific instances (or concrete cases) of doxastic deliberation, such that the propositions under consideration are specified. First, I outline a general schema for weighing aims. Second, I discuss recent attempts to defend the teleological position in relation to this schema. And third, I develop and defend my proposal that multiple epistemic aims interact in doxastic deliberation—a possibility which, as of yet, has received no serious attention in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)4635-4650
Number of pages16
Issue number5
Early online date12 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Bibliographical note

I’d like to thank my Ph.D. supervisors, Darrell Rowbottom and Jenny Nado, for their guidance during the Ph.D. process. It is due to their many helpful comments on drafts of my thesis that I have been able to write this paper. I’d also like to thank Andrea Sauchelli, Derek Baker, and Tinghao Wang for their detailed comments on earlier drafts of this paper, and an audience at the 2018 Frontiers of Epistemology conference at Yonsei University, Seoul, for their helpful feedback. And finally, I’d like to thank two anonymous referees for this journal, whose comments helped me to clarify a number of important points.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, Springer Nature B.V.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, Springer Nature B.V.


  • Aim of belief
  • Belief
  • Doxastic deliberation
  • Exclusivity
  • Purposive
  • Teleological


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