Stakes and beliefs

Brad Armendt

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The idea that beliefs may be stake-sensitive is explored. This is the idea that the strength with which a single, persistent belief is held may vary and depend upon what the believer takes to be at stake. The stakes in question are tied to the truth of the belief-not, as in Pascal's wager and other cases, to the belief's presence. Categorical beliefs and degrees of belief are considered; both kinds of account typically exclude the idea and treat belief as stake-invariant, though an exception is briefly described. The role of the assumption of stake-invariance in familiar accounts of degrees of belief is also discussed, and morals are drawn concerning finite and countable Dutch book arguments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-87
Number of pages17
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Belief
  • Categorical belief
  • Degrees of belief
  • Dutch book
  • Package principle
  • Partial belief
  • Ramsey
  • Skyrms
  • Stake-invariant
  • Stake-sensitive
  • Stakes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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