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Truth, Individualism, and the Limits of Belief
Questions of belief, and agency over personal belief, abound as individuals claim to have the right to believe whatever they so choose. In a carefully constructed argument, Bruce Reichenbach contends that while individuals have direct control over belief, they are obligated to believe—and purposely seek—the truth. Though the nature of truth and belief is an oft-debated topic, Reichenbach moves beyond surface-level persuasions to address the very core of what constitutes a human right. These epistemic obligations are critical, as the influence of belief is evident throughout society, from law and education to religion and daily decision-making. Grounding his argument in practical case studies, Reichenbach deftly demonstrates the necessity of moral accountability and belief.
1 The Challenge of Epistemic Obligations
2 Epistemic Obligations
3 Grounds for Epistemic Obligations
4 Epistemic Obligations and Justification
5 Belief Voluntarism
7 Epistemic Obligations and Accountability
"Epistemic Obligations addresses an essential philosophical topic in illuminating fashion. Reichenbach criticizes the recent literature on epistemic obligation and offers a distinctive approach. Philosophers working on epistemology and the nature of belief will find the book instructive and probing."
—Paul Moser, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago
Bruce Reichenbach is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Augsburg College. He is the author of several books, including On Behalf of God: A Christian Ethic for Biology and The Law of Karma: A Philosophical Study. He lives in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area.