Lecture on Evidentialism and Pragmatism

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Lecture on Evidentialism and Pragmatism Part I The Ethics of Belief Example of ship-owner 1. The shipowner who succeeds in overcoming his doubts about his vessel’s seaworthiness. (1) The ship sinks in midocean. (2) The ship made her voyage safely, and many others after it. 2. The island religion: members are accused of abducting children and forcing the religion on them (1) After an investigation, the accused are proved innocent, contrary to the sincere belief of the agitating society. (2) The accused are proved guilty. To sum up: it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. Part II The Will to Believe 1. Terminology (1) Hypothesis=a possible belief; A live hypothesis is one which appeals as a real possibility. Deadness and liveness in an hypothesis are not intrinsic properties, but relations to the individual thinker. (2) An option is a decision between two hypotheses. An option is genuine when it is of the forced, living, and momentous kind.
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