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Belief Policies

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ISBN-10: 052146028X

ISBN-13: 9780521460286

Edition: 1994

Authors: Paul Helm

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How do we form and modify our beliefs about the world? It is widely accepted that what we believe is determined by evidence, and is therefore not directly under our control; but according to what criteria is the credibility of the evidence established? Professor Helm argues that no theory of knowledge is complete without standards for accepting and rejecting evidence as belief-worthy. These standards, or belief-policies, are not themselves determined by evidence, but determine what counts as credible evidence. Unlike single beliefs, belief-policies are directly subject to the will, and therefore to the possibility of weakness of will and self-deception. Helm sets out to interpret standard…    
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Book details

List price: $127.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/12/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 244
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Paul Helm is a teaching fellow in theology and philosophy at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. From 1993 to 2000 he taught as professor of the history and philosophy of religion at King's College, University of London. He has published numerous books and articles, including Eternal God: A Study of God Without Time (Oxford University Press, 1988), Belief Politics (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and Faith and Understanding (Eerdmans, 1997).

Preface
Introduction
Belief, knowledge and norm
Belief and the will
The idea of a belief-policy
Belief-policies: some alternatives
Which belief-policy?
Belief, weakness of will and self-deception
Responsibility for belief and toleration
Fideism
References
Index