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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 17358
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   The Norms of Belief as the Norms of Commitment: A Case for Pluralism
  Author(s):  Alireza Kazemi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: The Southern Journal of Philosophy
  Year:  2023
  Supported by:  IPM
Much of the discussion on the normativity of belief rests on the presupposition that there is a single fundamental truth norm governing belief that explains all of its normative features. Building on the committive conception of belief proposed by some normativists, this article takes issue with this presupposition. In particular, it is argued that belief, construed as cognitive commitment, is governed by three fundamental-cum -irreducible norms, which I call the "entitlement norm," the "fulfillment norm" and the "escapability norm," and it is shown that each of them concerns a particular normative feature of belief. Taken together, these norms can explain all the normative features of belief without leading to implausible consequences. The discussion also shows that the relationship between the truth norm and the evidence norm is more complicated than is usually conceded by normativists.

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