PhilRel - notes - day24-clifford-james

PhilRel - notes - day24-clifford-james - Monday Monday Dec...

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Unformatted text preview: Monday Monday Dec 17 Dec 17 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. In this room In this room F F INAL INAL E E XAM XAM The Central Issue Is it always wrong to let our passions and preferences influence what we believe? Should we always wait for sufficient evidence? Clifford's Rule Never believe anything without sufficient evidence. Illustration: The irresponsible shipowner. Where did the shipowner first go wrong? Cliffords answer : When he formed the unwarranted belief that Divine Providence would ensure the safety of the ship. It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. Objections and replies It's wrong to hold a belief without sufficient evidence only if you act on it. C lifford replies : i. You wont investigate the issue properly if you are already committed to a view of the case. (368)committed to a view of the case....
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