Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 87, No. 2, September 2013

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 87, No. 2, September 2013

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Subjunctive Credences and Semantic Humility, SARAH MOSS

Evidential Support and Instrumental Rationality, PETER BROSSEL, ANNA-MARIA A. EDER, and FRANZ HUBER

Self-Location and Other-Location, DILIP NINAN

Heidegger's Metaphysics of Material Beings, KRIS MCDANIEL

Belief in Absolute Necessity, JOHN DIVERS and JOSE EDGAR GONZALEZ-VARELA

The authors outline a theory of the cognitive role of belief in absolute necessity that is normative and intended to be metaphysically neutral. They take this theory to be unique in scope since it addresses simultaneously the questions of how such belief is (properly) acquired and of how it is (properly) manifest. They give the acquisition and manifestation conditions for belief in absolute necessity univocally, in terms of complex higher-order attitudes involving two distinct kinds of supposition (A-supposing and C-supposing). They subsequently argue that the proposed acquisition and manifestation conditions are rationally interdependent, and that such harmony affords explanations of connections between different facets of belief in necessity that otherwise remain mysterious. …

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