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Published: 30 August 2020

176 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198863984

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The Epistemic Innocence of Irrational Beliefs

Lisa Bortolotti

  • Proposes a new understanding of what is involved in human agency, in which some beliefs that are not supported by or responsive to evidence are instrumental to our capacity to overcome crises and enhance motivation
  • Uses interdisciplinary and empirically informed research to present an account of belief evaluation and epistemic agency that factors the limitations of human cognition and impairments affecting perception, memory, learning, and reasoning
  • Offers the conceptual resources for a more nuanced and sophisticated account of epistemic evaluation for beliefs, acknowledging that some beliefs can be at the same time irrational and epistemically valuable