Truth Beliefs Knowledge

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Unformatted text preview: inition of truth? “common Belief ► What is a belief? What It is similar to truth in that it is also a relational property It relational associated with propositions. associated But the relevant relation is different. It is not, But relation fundamentally an ontological claim about the world (a ontological claim about what “is”) but rather a psychological claim psychological about the speaker. about Bill subject (person) “It’s raining outside” proposition belief (holding it to be true) relation between subject and proposition The truth/belief diagram: The (n/a; what is going on inside is irrelevant) Bill subject (person) Truth (fit with reality) relation between proposition and reality “It’s raining outside” proposition belief (holding it to be true) relation between subject and proposition “rain” state of affairs/reality (n/a; what is going on outside is irrelevant) Therefore: Therefore: ► Belief statements are verified by asking the Belief person person not by investigating the world. world ► We assume people will have different beliefs We different ► We assume people will have a mixture of belief We which are true and beliefs which are false—but all true false—but of which are indeed “beliefs”. “beliefs”. ► We assume that there is something worthwhile, We meaningful and virtuous about increasing your number of true beliefs and decr...
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2013 for the course PHIL 214 taught by Professor Park during the Fall '08 term at Biola University.

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