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.
Table of Contents
Paul Silva Jr. and Luis R.G. Oliveira
Part I: Foundational Questions
1. The Plenitude of Justification and the Paucity of Knowledge
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
4. Justification Ex Ante and Ex Post: Why we Need Both Notions, and Why Neither is Reducible to the Other
Part II: Reasons, Basing, and Justification
5. Factive Reasons and Propositional Justification
6. The Epistemic Function of Higher-Order Evidence
7. Doxastic Justification and Creditworthiness
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
11. On Behalf of Knowledge-First Collective Epistemology
Mona Simion, J. Adam Carter, and Christoph Kelp
12. Faith, Hope, and Justification
Part IV: New Horizons for Justification
13. Doxastic Rationality
14. Intersubjective Propositional Justification
Silvia De Toffoli
15. Knowledge-First Approaches to Justification
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.