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Some Important Questions

Some Important Questions - Some Important Questions There...

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Some Important Questions There are a number of important questions that one needs to address in this area. One of the main ones, obviously, is this: (1) How can one justify (a) the belief that the world contains minds other than one's own, and (b) beliefs about the particular mental states that such other minds are in at different times? In order to answer question (1), however, there are other questions that must be tackled, such as: (2) Can we have non-inferentially justified beliefs about others minds - beliefs that are justified, but not justified on the basis of any other beliefs? (3) If all or some of our beliefs about other minds are inferentially justified, what type of evidence is relevant? (4) How, in such cases, does one get from the evidence to the desired conclusion? What's involved in (4) should be clear in a general way from the earlier discussion of an important pattern of skeptical argumentation. One wants to know whether the inference is deductive, or whether it involves generalization based upon instances, or whether it is a matter of something like inference to the best explanation.
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