CFP: The Aim of Belief

Submission deadline: September 15, 2012

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We usually want to have true beliefs, and having true beliefs usually helps us attain our practical goals. However, many philosophers maintain that there is a more fundamental connection between belief and truth-one that isn't contingent on our desires or on the practical consequences of believing the truth. This view is often expressed by the slogan that belief aims at truth. The main question in this area is whether there really is a fundamental connection between belief and truth and, if so, how we ought to construe it. A wide range of considerations have been presented as supporting the view. One is the connection between determining whether to believe p and determining whether p. Another is the need to distinguish belief from other cognitive attitudes with apparently similar causal roles in the production of behaviour. The issue is connected with other important philosophical questions. One is whether belief, mental content, or their linguistic correlates, can be said to be normative notions, as the view that belief aims at truth seems to entail that true belief is intrinsically correct, and false belief intrinsically incorrect. Other related issues include the involuntariness of belief and the paradoxical appearance of believing that your current beliefs are not true. teorema invites
submissions of papers on these and related topics for a special issue to be published in 2013. Articles must be written in Spanish or English and should not exceed 6,000 words. For the presentation of their articles, authors are requested to take into account the instructions available at: Submissions must be suitable for blind review. Both a DOC and a PDF document must be sent to the Editor by September 15th 2012. Notification of intent to submit, including both a title and a brief summary of the content, will be greatly appreciated as it will assist with the coordination and planning of the special issue.

Guest Editor for this issue will be Dr. José Zalabardo (University College London).

Contact details for queries and submissions:

Prof. Luis M. Valdés Villanueva
Editor of teorema
Departamento de Filosofía
Universidad de Oviedo
E-33071 Oviedo (Spain)
E-mail: [email protected]

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