The courage of conviction

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Is there a sense in which we exercise direct volitional control over our beliefs? Most agree that there is not, but discussions tend to focus on control in forming a belief. The focus here is on sustaining a belief over time in the face of epistemic temptation to abandon it. It is argued that we do have a capacity for doxastic self-control over time that is partly volitional in nature, and that its exercise is rationally permissible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-669
Number of pages23
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Nov 2 2015


  • Belief
  • diachronic rationality
  • self-control
  • temptation
  • volition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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