James Will to Believe

James Will to Believe - William James The Will to Believe...

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William James The Will to Believe Goals of Rational Belief Limits of Evidence Requirements of Rational Beliefs w/Insufficient Evidence James’ Argument Evaluation
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Goals of Rational Belief Two distinct goals: Avoiding false beliefs Acquiring true beliefs Conflict—different strategies better for different goals. Clifford rules out too many true beliefs in desire to avoid false beliefs. Most beliefs not based on evidence; may be impossible to base all beliefs on sufficient evidence. Solution: Allow for belief with insufficient evidence in the proper circumstances.
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Limits of Evidence What beliefs do we have that are not based on sufficient evidence? Do we have sufficient evidence for all the beliefs we need?
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Evidence We should believe with insufficient evidence if (but only if) that belief is: live, momentous, unavoidable, and beneficial. Live vs. dead
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2011 for the course PHIL 2010 taught by Professor Snyder during the Spring '06 term at Georgia State.

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