Rational Belief and Normative Commitments

April 25, 2017 - April 27, 2017
Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa

Rabin Observatory, Rabin Building
University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel

All speakers:

Sophie Archer
Oxford University
Hagit Benbaji
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Paul Faulkner
University of Sheffield
University of Haifa
Samuel Lebens
University of Haifa
Yair Levy
Tel Aviv University
Ariel Meirav
University of Haifa
Ittay Nissan-Rozen
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Christian Piller
University of York, UK
Levi Spectre
Open University of Israel
Daniel Statman
University of Haifa
Ruth Weintraub
Tel Aviv University


Arnon Keren
University of Haifa
Christian Piller
University of York, UK

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If epistemological theories are normative, i.e. if they tell us what we ought to believe and which epistemic practices we ought to adopt, the question arises how the normativity of epistemological theories relates to normativity elsewhere. On the one hand non-epistemic normativity might influence our conception of rational belief itself. Some philosophers have argued that the normative commitments of, for example, friendship, influence what we ought to believe about our friends. Advocating such a form of epistemic partiality would need safeguards to exclude other forms of illegitimate bias. If trust were based on non-epistemic commitments, this would be another way in which non-epistemic commitments would influence what we should rationally believe. On the other hand, non-epistemic normativity might be at the very foundation of epistemic normativity. It would be, if one argued that our duty to believe in accordance with the evidence is based on general moral and prudential duties. This conference will explore the relation between rational belief and non-epistemic commitments and will, thereby, contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between epistemology and ethics. 

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