Ignorance and Force: Two Excusing Conditions for False Beliefs

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Abstract

This paper argues that one can be excused for having false beliefs when those beliefs are formed either out of ignorance, or by force. Accordingly this paper first details what ignorance is and how exactly it can function as an excusing condition for false beliefs. Next the paper specifies what 'forced belief' comes too and argues that force can excuse false beliefs too.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-386
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Philosophical Quarterly
Volume46
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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