Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2014 – 2017). Supported by the Research Grants Council.
Title: On Belief: Aims, Norms, and Functions.
My thesis focuses on three central questions: what are beliefs, why do we have them, and what should we make of doxastic correctness (the thesis that a belief is correct if and only if it is true)? I explore these questions from three theoretical perspectives. I ask whether a teleological, a normative, or a functional account of belief provides the most plausible answers. I argue in favour of a functional theory of belief, such that beliefs perform unique systemic functions, that are not shared with other propositional attitudes.