Reasons and Beliefs

17 November, 2023 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

David Hunter (Metropolitan University of Toronto)

Abstract: How are beliefs and practical reasons related? It is tempting to think that a difference in practical reasons must require a difference in belief, that people who believe the same things must have the same reasons for action. I argue that we should resist this temptation. Unlike epistemic reasons, practical reasons are essentially personal. I then explore what this means for the individuation of belief and for the idea that beliefs are dispositions.