The Intertwinement of Propositional and Doxastic Justification



Melis G (2018) The Intertwinement of Propositional and Doxastic Justification. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 96 (2), pp. 367-379.

One important distinction in the debate over epistemic justification is the one between propositional and doxastic justification. Roughly, while doxastic justification is a property of beliefs, propositional justification is a property of propositions. On a rather common view, which accounts for doxastic justification in terms of propositional justification plus the so-called ‘basing relation’, propositional justification is seen as the prior notion, and doxastic justification is explained in terms of it. According to the opposing view, the direction of explanation needs to be reversed, and doxastic justification should be seen as primary. I distinguish between two notions of priority, and I argue that they give different verdicts with respect to the issue of which notion of justification comes first. The lesson may be taken to be that propositional and doxastic justification are in a relation of intertwinement.

propositional justification; doxastic justification; conceptual priority; theoretical priority

Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Volume 96, Issue 2

FundersJohn Templeton Foundation
Publication date31/12/2018
Publication date online25/06/2017
Date accepted by journal09/06/2017
PublisherTaylor and Francis

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Dr Giacomo Melis

Dr Giacomo Melis

Future Leadership Fellowship Researcher, Philosophy