Assessment of Louis Pojman's theory about ethics of belief

Journal of Mirror of Wisdom 15 (4):109-128 (2021)
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Generally speaking, voluntarism and evidentialism have been two competing approaches to the ethics of belief. Criticizing these two approaches, Louis Pojman, the contemporary American philosopher, sets forward the theory of normative indirect voluntarism. In its analysis of the belief formation process, the theory takes into consideration the role of both reasons and the background parameters. Furthermore, it uses rationality to adjudicate between conflicting evidence and reasons. Relying on such an analysis, Pojman tries to defend indirect voluntarism with respect to acquiring and maintaining a belief in spite of sufficient evidence to the contrary.

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Mahdi Tahmasebi Abdar
The University of Religions and Denominations (Alumnus)


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