Remarks on Collective Belief

Margaret P. Gilbert

University of California, Irvine

Socializing Epistemology: The Social Dimensions of Knowledge, 1994

The author develops and elaborates on her account of collective belief, something standardly referred to, in her view, when we speak of what we believe. This paper focuses on a special response hearers may experience in the context of expressions of belief, a response that may issue in offended rebukes to the speaker. It is argued that this response would be appropriate if both speakers and hearers were parties to what the authors calls a joint commitment to believe a certain proposition as a body. This joint commitment puts speakers under an obligation to refrain from speaking in certain ways, and gives hearers a correlative right to such refraining, and hence a basis for offended rebukes.

Keywords: belief, epistemology, knowledge, society

Not Available For Download

Date posted: December 4, 2007  

Suggested Citation

Gilbert, Margaret P., Remarks on Collective Belief. Socializing Epistemology: The Social Dimensions of Knowledge, 1994 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1052361

Contact Information

Margaret P. Gilbert (Contact Author)
University of California, Irvine ( email )
Humanities Office Building
Irvine, CA 92697-4555
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=5365
Feedback to SSRN

Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 793