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Reason and the Grain of Belief*


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    The ideas in this paper developed in graduate seminars given at Harvard in 2002 and Michigan in 2005. I am extremely grateful to audiences in both places. More generally I'd like to thank Selim Berker, Aaron Bronfman, David Chalmers, Dorothy Edgington, Ken Gemes, Jim Joyce, Thomas Kelly, Eric Lormand, Mike Martin, David Papineau, Alison Simmons, Jonathan Vogel, Brian Weatherson and Tim Williamson for helpful comments, and Maja Spener both for those and for suffering through every draft of the material. My biggest debt is to Mark Kaplan, however, who got me interested in the topics of this paper and taught me so much about them. Two referees for Noûs also provided useful feedback. Many thanks to everyone.