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The Fixation of Belief and Its Undoing: Changing Beliefs Through Inquiry Isaac Levi

The Fixation of Belief and Its Undoing: Changing Beliefs Through Inquiry

Isaac Levi

Published October 25th 1991
ISBN : 9780521412667
Hardcover
208 pages
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 About the Book 

Isaac Levis new book is concerned with how one can justify changing ones 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. ProfessorMoreIsaac Levis new book is concerned with how one can justify changing ones 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 Levis earlier work. It will be of particular interest to discussion theorists, epistemologists, philosophers of science, computer scientists, and cognitive psychologists.