William James, assign 1. End of Oct 07

William James, assign 1. End of Oct 07 - Professor Erfani...

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Professor Erfani 29 October 2007 William James: Will to Believe 1. What is an option? Give examples of a trivial and a momentous option. 2. What is the difference between and absolutist and an empiricist when it comes to the question of truth? The decision between two hypotheses is called an option. There are both trivial and momentous options. A hypothesis is something that we consider before it becomes a part of our belief system. It is not necessarily the same sort of hypothesis which is often related to scientific experiments but it has obvious correlations. There are many different kinds of options. A living option is one which makes a partial petition to your convictions, while a dead option is one where you are not actually forced to make a decision because neither option is necessarily attractive or feasible to you. A forced option is one where there is no alternative, you are basically forced to make a commitment to one decision. An avoidable choice is one where you do not need to actively make a choice because you can choose to abstain or otherwise not answer
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 105 taught by Professor Erfani during the Fall '07 term at American.

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