The Tale of Bella and Creda

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Some philosophers defend the view that epistemic agents believe by lending credence. Others defend the view that such agents lend credence by believing. It can strongly appear that the disagreement between them is notational, that nothing of substance turns on whether we are agents of one sort or the other. But that is demonstrably not so. Only one of these types of epistemic agent, at most, could manifest a human-like configuration of attitudes; and it turns out that not both types of agent are possible.


Original languageEnglish
Article number31
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophers' Imprint
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015