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Notes on Clifford: 2 cases: Ship builder convinces himself the ship is safe, everyone dies. He’s blameworthy. Just because everyone died? No—he’d be blameworthy even if everyone lived. He failed in an obligation to found his belief in the soundness of the ship on adequate evidence. We persecute practitioners of a religion because we convince ourselves that they do horrible things, and we go out trying to convince others of this. A commission finds out that we’re wrong—and that we could have easily found this out by looking into it a little. Even though we believed the practitioners were bad guys, we’ve done moral wrong by holding our beliefs on insufficient evidence. Even if the commission verified that the practitioners were bad guys, we’d be in the moral wrong all the same. Objection: It’s the result of the unjustified belief that makes it wrong, not the holding of the belief itself. It’s not what the shipbuilder allowed himself to believe , but what he did as a result. Reply:
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2011 for the course PHIL 1 taught by Professor Hanson during the Spring '10 term at DeAnza College.

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