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The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series is pleased to present

Antonia Peacocke, University of California, Berkeley

Constancy of Belief and the Value of Self-Knowledge

Some of the ways in which we praise self-knowledge (and criticize its lack) indicate that we value the constancy of belief over time. But why is it good for your beliefs to be constant? I argue that having constancy of belief is a necessary condition on having a self in a restrictive sense—a sense in which not all of us have selves. The value of constancy of belief is not properly epistemic value at all. That means there is at least one normative constraint on belief that does not have to do with truth, justification, or rationality.

Tuesday, February 6, 4:30 pm, Watson Hall 517  *please note special day / time*


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