Choosing and refusing: doxastic voluntarism and folk psychology

Philosophical Studies 175 (10):2507-2537 (2018)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
A standard view in contemporary philosophy is that belief is involuntary, either as a matter of conceptual necessity or as a contingent fact of human psychology. We present seven experiments on patterns in ordinary folk-psychological judgments about belief. The results provide strong evidence that voluntary belief is conceptually possible and, granted minimal charitable assumptions about folk-psychological competence, provide some evidence that voluntary belief is psychologically possible. We also consider two hypotheses in an attempt to understand why many philosophers have been tempted to view belief as involuntary: that belief is a prototype concept and that belief is a dual character concept. Altogether, our findings contribute to longstanding philosophical debates about the relationship between the will and the intellect, while also advancing scientific understanding of important social judgments.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2020-06-30
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
The Cognitive Control of Emotion.Ochsner, K. N. & Gross, J. J.
Words, Thoughts, and Theories.Gopnik, Alison & Meltzoff, Andrew N.

View all 42 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Neuroscientific Prediction and the Intrusion of Intuitive Metaphysics.Rose, David; Buckwalter, Wesley & Nichols, Shaun

View all 7 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
69 ( #38,474 of 50,412 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
16 ( #32,448 of 50,412 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.