Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Terminology Tuesday: Doxastic Voluntarism

Doxastic Voluntarism: The philosophical doctrine according to which people have voluntary control over their beliefs. […] Philosophers distinguish between two kinds of doxastic voluntarism. Direct doxastic voluntarism claims that people have direct voluntary control over at least some of their beliefs. Indirect doxastic voluntarism, however, supposes that people have indirect voluntary control over at least some of their beliefs, for example, by doing research and evaluating evidence.1

1. For more information, see doxastic voluntarism in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.


  1. Drew April 24, 2012

    Anyone who denies doxastic voluntarism is engaging in wishful thinking.

  2. Ex N1hilo April 24, 2012

    A friend told me years ago, "We believe what we perceive to be true or to be real." While there are undoubtedly voluntary aspects to (some, many) beliefs; there's more to it than deciding, "I will believe X", or "I am going to believe Y".