Saturday, March 2, 2013


I have been in this doxastic state these past few days... meaning... trying to figure out what doxastic means.

Following are some of the definitions

Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind: Pertaining to belief. Alternatively, also pertaining to states sufficiently like beliefs (thoughts, judgments, opinions, desires, wishes, fears).
Oxford Dictionaries: (Philosophy) Relating to an individual's beliefs.
Collins Dictionary: (logic) of or relating to belief

This word was first used in the 18th century.  According to Wiktionary,  it came from Ancient Greek δοξασία (doxasia, "belief, opinion, conviction").

Why do I find this word interesting?  Because I realized that there are ‘doxasticists’ and ‘anti-doxasticists" who engage in debates on whether my delusional beliefs are beliefs.

Good luck to them... and hope they can get something figured out...

Such as the following...
Marga Reimer. "Only a Philosopher or a Madman: Impractical Delusions in Philosophy and Psychiatry." Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 17.4 (2010): 315-328. Project MUSE. Web. 2 Mar. 2013. <>.

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