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Propositional and Doxastic Justification
New Essays on Their Nature and Significance

ISBN 9780367431686
Published May 6, 2022 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

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

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

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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.