Varieties of Doxastic Attitudes

Samuel Kampa, Fordham University


A default view in analytic philosophy is that knowledge is the primary subject matter of epistemology. In keeping with the default view, epistemologists generally confine their studies to the ingredients of knowledge, which are thought to include only one doxastic attitude, namely, belief. I argue that epistemology can and should broaden its scope. Doxastic attitudes other than belief are proper subjects of epistemic inquiry. Among those doxastic attitudes that deserve more rigorous epistemic analysis are imaginings, delusions, obsessions, and implicit biases. I consider each of these doxastic attitudes in turn, unpacking implications for theories of knowledge, rationality, and epistemic normativity.

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Kampa, Samuel, "Varieties of Doxastic Attitudes" (2019). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI13806997.