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Reasons for belief

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-P043-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Reasons for believing something are one or another kind of ground for believing it. Some grounds provide evidence for a belief; others explain it; some are consciously known, others not. Philosophers are concerned with these and other aspects of reason, including the questions of whether reasons are also causes, whether they yield beliefs only by inference, and whether, by suitable reflection, believers can always become aware of the reasons for a belief they hold.

Citing this article:
Audi, Robert. Reasons for belief, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-P043-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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