Philosophical Studies

, Volume 162, Issue 2, pp 165–181

Suspended judgment


DOI: 10.1007/s11098-011-9753-y

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Friedman, J. Philos Stud (2013) 162: 165. doi:10.1007/s11098-011-9753-y


In this paper I undertake an in-depth examination of an oft mentioned but rarely expounded upon state: suspended judgment. While traditional epistemology is sometimes characterized as presenting a “yes or no” picture of its central attitudes, in fact many of these epistemologists want to say that there is a third option: subjects can also suspend judgment. Discussions of suspension are mostly brief and have been less than clear on a number of issues, in particular whether this third option should be thought of as an attitude or not. In this paper I argue that suspended judgment is (or at least involves) a genuine attitude.


EpistemologyDoxastic attitudesSuspended judgmentWithholding beliefAgnosticismIndecisionBelief

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St Catherine’s CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK