Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Philosophy and Public Affairs

Reader 1

Dustin Locke


Typically, actions are sources of moral wrongdoing. Beliefs being a potential source of moral wrongdoing is known as doxastic wronging. In her paper, A Tale of Two Doctrines: Moral Encroachment and Doxastic Wronging, Professor Rima Basu outlines the conditions for a doxastic wrong. They are (1) directed (2) beliefs that are (3) wrong in virtue of the content that is believed. In this paper, I will explain the argument and show that beliefs cannot be a source of moral wrongdoing. One cannot “call out” beliefs for being morally wrong because beliefs, on their own, do not morally wrong.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.