Monday, November 01, 2021

Reminder: What Is Belief? Call for Abstract Submissions (with £2,000 Award)

December 1 deadline coming up in one month!

Reposting from Sep 6:

What Is Belief? Call for Abstract Submissions 

Editors: Eric Schwitzgebel (Department of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside); Jonathan Jong (Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University)

We are inviting abstract submissions for a volume of collected essays on the question "What is belief?". Each essay will propose a definition and theory of belief, setting out criteria for what constitutes belief. Candidate criteria might include, for example, causal history, functional or inferential role, representational structure, correctness conditions, availability to consciousness, responsiveness to evidence, situational stability, or resistance to volitional change.

Each essay should also at least briefly address the following questions:

(1.) How does belief differ from other related mental states (e.g., acceptance, imagination, assumption, judgment, credence, faith, or guessing)?

(2.) How does the proposed theory handle "edge cases" or controversial cases (e.g., delusions, religious credences, implicit biases, self-deception, know-how, awareness of swiftly forgotten perceptual details)?

Although not required, some preference will be given to those that also address:

(3.) What empirical support, if any, is there for the proposed theory of belief? What empirical tests or predictions might provide further support?

(4.) What practical implications follow from accepting the proposed theory of belief as opposed to competitor theories?

The deadline for abstracts (< 1,000 words) is December 1, 2021.

Applicants selected to contribute to the volume will be awarded £2,000 (essay length 6,000-10,000 words) by February 1, 2023. The essay will then undergo a peer review process prior to publication.  Funded by the Templeton Foundation.

For more information and to submit abstracts, email eschwitz at domain ucr dot edu.


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Arnold said...

Googeling theory of "belief, believe, be and lief" led me to analytic/synthetic micro/macro-explanation(s).

Does philosophy provided science with ways to understand 'beliefs as evidence' in the connectivity of human and computer semantic knowledge...

Should semantics be understood more as means than meaning...

Ever dependent on The Splintered Mind for something to do, thanks

Unknown said...

Belief can be viewed in at least two very different contexts. One is that of logic and epistemology. This is a wasteland from which no traveler returns. The other is as a bridge between metaphysics and ethics. This is a vital connection that rewards continued dialog and introspection. I fear the bulk of your submissions, and even if your final choice, will be from the wasteland.
Geoffrey Moore, author, The Invisible Staircase: What the Universe Tells Us About Life, Ethics, and Mortality.