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Well-Founded Belief

New Essays on the Epistemic Basing Relation, 1st Edition

Edited by J. Adam Carter, Patrick Bondy


344 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Epistemological theories of knowledge and justification draw a crucial distinction between one’s simply having good reasons for some belief, and one’s actually basing one’s belief on good reasons. While the most natural kind of account of basing is causal in nature—a belief is based on a reason if and only if the belief is properly caused by the reason—there is hardly any widely-accepted, counterexample-free account of the basing relation among contemporary epistemologists. Further inquiry into the nature of the basing relation is therefore of paramount importance for epistemology. Without an acceptable account of the basing relation, epistemological theories remain both crucially incomplete and vulnerable to errors that can arise when authors assume an implausible view of what it takes for beliefs to be held on the basis of reasons.

Well-Founded Belief brings together seventeen essays written by leading epistemologists to explore this important topic in greater detail. The collection is divided thematically to cover a wide range of issues related to the epistemic basic relation. The first section of essays covers the nature of the basing relation and attempts to articulate defensible accounts of what it takes to believe on the basis of a reason. Section II explores the kind of things that can be reasons on the basis of which we hold beliefs. Finally, the last section addresses the basing relation as it bears on particular problems in epistemology, such as skepticism, the analysis of knowledge, and the contingencies of our epistemic upbringing.

Table of Contents


Patrick Bondy and J. Adam Carter

Part I: The Nature of the Basing Relation

1. A Doxastic-Causal Theory of Epistemic Basing

Ru Ye

2. All Evidential Basing is Phenomenal Basing

Andrew Moon

3. Dispositions and the Basing Relation

Hamid Vahid

4. The Many Ways of the Basing Relation

Luca Moretti and Tommaso Piazza

5. Reasons and Basing in Commonsense Epistemology: Evidence from Two Experiments

John Turri

6. Inference and the Basing Relation

Keith Allen Korcz

7. The Superstitious Lawyer’s Inference

Patrick Bondy and J. Adam Carter

8. Prime Time (for the Basing Relation)

Errol Lord and Kurt Sylvan

Part II: Basing and Its Applications

9. Hermeneutical Injustice as Basing Failure

Mona Simion

10. Agency and the Basing Relation

Ram Neta

11. Epistemic Conservatism and the Basing Relation

Kevin McCain

12. Can Beliefs be Based on Practical Reasons?

Miriam McCormick

13. Epistemological Disjunctivism and Factive Bases for Belief

Duncan Pritchard

14. From Epistemic Basing to Epistemic Grounding

Jesper Kallestrup

15. Well-Founded Belief and the Contingencies of Epistemic Location

Guy Axtell

16. The Epistemic Basing Relation and Knowledge-That as Knowledge-How

Stephen Hetherington

About the Editors

J. Adam Carter is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Glasgow, UK. His work has appeared in Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Analysis, Philosophical Studies, and the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. He is the author of Metaepistemology and Relativism (2016).

Patrick Bondy is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Brandon University, Canada. His work has appeared in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Dialogue, Philosophia, and Episteme. He is the author of Epistemic Rationality and Epistemic Normativity (forthcoming Routledge).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Epistemology

The Routledge Studies in Epistemology series features monographs and edited collections on cutting-edge research topics in contemporary epistemology. It includes both new arguments on hot topics and new angles and innovative takes on established epistemological subjects. The series spans all areas of epistemology, including emerging issues in applied and social epistemology. It is a leading resource for scholars and graduate students looking for the newest and most important developments in epistemology.

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