Under what circumstances are we responsible for our thoughts? How can that responsibility be exercised? ‘The ethics of thought’ examines what lies at the heart of the nature of thought and how we can relate ethics to thoughts. What kind of control can we exercise over our thoughts and beliefs? The theory of ‘doxastic vountarism’ claims that we have some degree of control over the formation of our beliefs, in that we can choose what to believe in. Belief-formation is rarely accompanied by the experience of choice. It is more accurate to say that one finds oneself with a certain view.