The Fixation of Belief and its Undoing
Changing Beliefs through Inquiry
By (author) Isaac Levi
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Fixation of Belief and its Undoing by Isaac Levi
Book DescriptionIsaac Levi's new book is concerned with how one can justify changing one's beliefs. The discussion is deeply informed by the belief-doubt model advocated by C. S. Peirce and John Dewey, of which the book provides a substantial analysis. Professor Levi then addresses the conceptual framework of potential changes available to an inquirer. A structural approach to propositional attitudes is proposed, which rejects the conventional view that a propositional attitude involves a relation between an agent and either a linguistic entity or some other intentional object such as a proposition or set of possible worlds. The last two chapters offer an account of change in states of full belief understood as changes in commitments rather than changes in performance; one chapter deals with adding new information to a belief state, the other with giving up information. The book builds upon topics discussed in some of Levi's earlier work. It will be of particular interest to discussion theorists, epistemologists, philosophers of science, computer scientists, and cognitive psychologists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521412667
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Oct-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Isaac Levi
Pragmatism and Inquiry, Hardback (September 2012)
This volume presents a series of essays on the nature of intellectual inquiry: what its aims are and how it operates. Isaac Levi draws upon the work of the American Pragmatists C. S. Peirce and John Dewey to investigate what justifies change in belief.
Fixation of Belief and Its Undoing, Paperback (May 2009)
This book will be of particular interest to discussion theorists, epistemologists, philosophers of science, computer scientists and cognitive psychologists.
For the Sake of the Argument, Paperback (August 2007)
This book offers an account of suppositional reasoning relevant to practical deliberation, explanation, prediction and hypothesis testing.
Decisions and Revisions, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by Isaac Levi
A collection of Isaac Levi's philosophical papers, with an introduction.
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