Free believers

Abstract : Is there such a thing as free belief? This paper is not about free expression of belief or free speech. It is about freedom of belief as a mental state. In the sense in which the beliviers would be the cause of his or her own belief, and could believe at will, it is, for well-known reasons, impossible. Some writers, however, like McDowell, have argued, in a Kantian spirit, that obeying the norms of thought and setting oneself as a member of the "space of reasons" could provide the appropriate notion of free belief. Their account is based on the idea that a reflexive believer is automatically a free believer. I argue that this is wrong. There is no appropriate notion of free belief in this sense, although this does not show that one canno be responsible for one's belief.
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Pré-publication, Document de travail
to appear in Manuscritto, Unicamp, Brazil. 2002
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Pascal Engel. Free believers. to appear in Manuscritto, Unicamp, Brazil. 2002. 〈ijn_00000252〉



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