1st Edition

Propositional and Doxastic Justification New Essays on Their Nature and Significance

Edited By Paul Silva Jr., Luis R.G. Oliveira Copyright 2022

    This volume features original essays that advance debates on propositional and doxastic justification and explore how these debates shape and are shaped by a range of established and emerging topics in contemporary epistemology.

    This is the first book-length project devoted to the distinction between propositional and doxastic justification. Notably, the contributors cover the relationship between propositional and doxastic justification and group belief, credence, commitment, suspension, faith, and hope. They also consider state-of-the-art work on knowledge-first approaches to justification, hinge-epistemology, moral and practical reasons for belief, epistemic normativity, and applications of formal epistemology to traditional epistemological disputes. Finally, the contributors promise to reinvigorate old epistemological debates on coherentism, externalism, internalism, and phenomenal conservatism.

    Propositional and Doxastic Justification will be of interest to researchers and advanced students working in epistemology, metaethics, and normativity.


    Paul Silva Jr. and Luis R.G. Oliveira

    Part I: Foundational Questions

    1. The Plenitude of Justification and the Paucity of Knowledge

    Robert Audi

    2. Theoretical Unity and the Priority of Propositional Justification

    Jonathan L. Kvanvig

    3. What Does Logic Have to do With Justified Belief? Why Doxastic Justification is Fundamental

    Hilary Kornblith

    4. Justification Ex Ante and Ex Post: Why we Need Both Notions, and Why Neither is Reducible to the Other

    Ram Neta

    Part II: Reasons, Basing, and Justification

    5. Factive Reasons and Propositional Justification

    Duncan Pritchard

    6. The Epistemic Function of Higher-Order Evidence

    Declan Smithies

    7. Doxastic Justification and Creditworthiness

    Anne Meylan

    8. Does the Basing Demand on Doxastic Justification Have Any Dialectical Force? A Response to Oliveira

    Paul Silva Jr.

    Part III: Other Attitudes and Justification

    9. On Suspending Properly

    Errol Lord and Kurt Sylvan

    10. Propositional and Doxastic Hinge Assumptions

    Annalisa Coliva

    11. On Behalf of Knowledge-First Collective Epistemology

    Mona Simion, J. Adam Carter, and Christoph Kelp

    12. Faith, Hope, and Justification

    Elizabeth Jackson

    Part IV: New Horizons for Justification

    13. Doxastic Rationality

    Ralph Wedgwood

    14. Intersubjective Propositional Justification

    Silvia De Toffoli

    15. Knowledge-First Approaches to Justification

    Clayton Littlejohn

    16. Epistemic Consent and Doxastic Justification

    Luis R.G. Oliveira


    Paul Silva is Junior Professor at the University of Cologne. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and has publications in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, and other journals.

    Luis Oliveira is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston. He has published numerous articles in refereed journals, on topics in epistemology, ethics, and religion. He is also the director of the LATAM Bridges in the Epistemology of Religion, an international project focused on connecting Latin American philosophers to the Anglophone philosophical world.