Definition of doxastic in English:



  • Relating to an individual's beliefs.

    ‘doxastic worlds’
    • ‘Collective entities are obviously ‘social’ in an important way; and if it is granted that such entities are bearers of beliefs and other doxastic states, shouldn't these collective states be an important target for social epistemology?’
    • ‘No matter how self-evidently correct or right-headed the project may appear, epistemic propriety demands that doxastic commitment be delayed, one way or another, until there is data.’
    • ‘A third common line of objection to doxastic theories is that we may sometimes base beliefs on reasons of which we are unaware.’
    • ‘As we saw, Goldman is skeptical about the prospects of identifying and adequately formulating regulative doxastic principles.’
    • ‘In general, doxastic, metaphysical, modal, semantic, or syntactic expressions are not epistemic.’
    • ‘According to doxastic voluntarism, believing and disbelieving are choices that are up to us to make.’
    • ‘But the two kinds of doubt invoke quite different doxastic attitudes.’
    • ‘And for science to produce a hypothesis (which is itself a doxastic state) that claims that doxastic states don't exist would be illogical and self-defeating.’
    • ‘Furthermore, also doxastic collective intentionality can in some cases perform the task of institution-maintenance and in some cases even the task of institution creation.’
    • ‘Doxastic logic is a modal logic that is concerned with reasoning about beliefs.’


Late 18th century from Greek doxastikos ‘conjectural’, from doxazein ‘to conjecture’.