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Is truth the aim of belief?

Abstract : An analysis of the familiar phrase : "beliefs aim at truth". After reviewing the various senses of the phrase, a norm of truth for belief is formulated. It is defended against a teleological sense of the notion of aiming at truth which implies that truth is an intentional aim of the believer. This normative reading of the phrase is reinforced by the thesis ( defended in particular by Williamson) that the aim of beleif is knowledge. An appendix deals with degrees of belief.
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Pascal Engel. Is truth the aim of belief?. Donald Gillies. Laws and models in science, to appear King's College London publicationd, 2003, ESF. ⟨ijn_00000444⟩



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