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Reasons and Causes of Beliefs

  • Franz von Kutschera
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 59)

Abstract

I do not speak about Belief but only of beliefs of the common variety. My talk takes me across a very wide and controversial field. It cannot, therefore, be more than a brief statement on the most important points involved.1 My theses will sound rather apodictical, since I leave out most of the arguments. I shall discuss the following questions: Do beliefs have reasons? Do they have causes? Are rational explanations of beliefs compatible with causal ones? I shall close with some remarks on the hypothesis of a causal determination of mental events.

Keywords

Causal Explanation Causal Chain Epistemic Logic Rational Explanation Chance Event 
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  1. Benacerraf, Paul: 1967, ‘God, the devil, and Gödel’, The Monist 51, 9–32.Google Scholar
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  • Franz von Kutschera

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