Epistemic Obligations

Epistemic Obligations

Truth, Individualism, and the Limits of Belief

by Bruce R. Reichenbach

284 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781602586239
  • Published: December 2012

$39.95

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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.