Preface Writers Are Consistent

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    The preface paradox does not show that it can be rational to have inconsistent beliefs, because preface writers do not have inconsistent beliefs. I argue, first, that a fully satisfactory solution to the preface paradox would have it that the preface writer's beliefs are consistent. The case here is on basic intuitive grounds, not the consequence of a theory of rationality or of belief. Second, I point out that there is an independently motivated theory of belief--sensitivism--which allows such a solution. I sketch a sensitivist account of the preface writer's (consistent) doxastic state.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)363-381
    Number of pages19
    JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
    Issue number3
    Early online date03 Nov 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 07 Sep 2017


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