The Relationship Between Belief and Credence

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2020-04-21

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Jackson, Elizabeth

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Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract

Sometimes epistemologists theorize about belief, a tripartite attitude on which one can believe, withhold belief, or disbelieve a proposition. In other cases, epistemologists theorize about credence, a fine-grained attitude that represents one's subjective probability or confidence level toward a proposition. How do these two attitudes relate to each other? This article explores the relationship between belief and credence in two categories: descriptive and normative. It then explains the broader significance of the belief-credence connection and concludes with general lessons from the debate thus far.

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belief, belief-first, credence, credence-first, degree of belief, dualism, epistemic rationality, Lockean thesis, lottery paradox, preface paradox, reduction, statistical evidence

Citation

Jackson EG. The relationship between belief and credence. Philosophy Compass. 2020;e12668. https://doi.org/10.1111/phc3.12668

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Philosophy Compass

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Journal article

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Open Access

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10.1111/phc3.12668

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