CPS Lunch Forum: Olav Gjelsvik

Olav Gjelsvik (CPS/IFIKK, UiO) presents at the CPS Lunch Forum.

The seminar is open to everyone interested. Send an e-mail to gry.oftedal(at)fikk.uio.no, and you will receive the zoom link.


TITLE: Towards a normative account of belief


There has been a debate about normative accounts of belief for more than 15 years. This presentation presents some highlights of a quite long chapter on these issues, and focusses on my own normative approach, possibly with a critical light on Tim Williamson’s which may be the best in print.

I work with a clear difference between the normativity intentional action, including that of action of inquiry, and that of belief formation. I use a Fregean approach to belief content, and show that for a normativist account of belief we need a broader look at what is going on in both genuinely paradoxical beliefs and in the beliefs of Moore-type paradox. Any approach to belief needs to deal with both these cases, and my normative approach is able to do so. If I have time, I will show some of the extent to which Williamson’s approach, in my judgement, fails.

Published Sep. 19, 2020 6:15 PM - Last modified Sep. 28, 2020 9:38 AM