Van Inwagen on Testimony and Contingency

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This paper assesses two arguments that Peter van Inwagen has offered concerning rational belief revision. The arguments purport to show that we should radically decrease our degree of belief in philosophical propositions given certain relatively uncontroversial data. Call the arguments ‘the argument from expert testimony’ and ‘the argument from contingency’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuo Vadis, Metaphysics?
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honor of Peter van Inwagen
EditorsMiroslaw Szatkowski
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publisherde Gruyter, Walter GmbH & Co
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783110662498
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2020


  • testimony
  • Evidence base


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