Nicholas blanchette introduction to philosophy 10-18-05 the ethics of belief in the ethics of belief, the author argues against pascalian wagers and belief in god through faith calling it unethical because it comes from insufficient evidence clifford argues that belief in anything on insufficient evidence is. Full-text (pdf) | addresses the relation between epistemic and moral duty argues against what the writer calls the special case thesis, according to which epistemic appraisal is merely an instance of moral appraisal argues also against the correlation thesis, which asserts that the appropriatene. Wk clifford's essay is called the ethics of belief, and for good reason he wants to convince us that forming our beliefs in the right way is a matter of real ethical importance thus james's thesis is that it is appropriate for our will - more generally, our passions -- to influence people in certain situations. One case in which anyone writing on general epistemological questions has mentioned clifford's lecture, and that is a very brief footnote in chisholm's perceiving, in the chapter entitled the ethics of belief in that note, chisholm simply says that he holds a weaker thesis about the ethics of belief than clifford's given that. Thesis a theoretical basis for inter-religious solidarity can be formed in section one (after this introduction), i shall first resurrect the debate revolving around the possibility of our beliefs coming under moral scrutiny the chief participants in this debate are blaise pascal, william clifford, and william james.
W k clifford is famous for his evidentialist thesis that it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything on insufficient evidence on this way of thinking, someone who fails to apportion belief to evidence violates the ethics of belief, and thereby does something morally wrong this has. Wk clifford writes that “it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence” (518) as i have defined it in (evi), evidentialism is the thesis that one is justified in believing a proposition at a time if and only if one's evidence at that time supports believing that proposition (evi) does. This paper aims to be a brief discussion about the character of “evidentialism” in the discussion between william clifford and william james known under the topic “the ethics of belief,” it discusses the problem of religious epistemology, specifically the status of the rationality of religious beliefs after such. The will to believe is a lecture by william james, first published in 1896, which defends, in certain cases, the adoption of a belief without prior evidence of its truth in particular, james is concerned in this lecture about defending the rationality of religious faith even lacking sufficient evidence of religious truth james states.
I argue that clifford's main thesis is inadequate because it is fundamentally impossible to test all that we believe and therefore we cannot have a universal duty to question all that we believe it is my contention that an ethic of belief is saved when we recognize that there is a central moral virtue of trust inherent to belief. Notes on clifford's “the ethics of belief” 1 thesis: it's immoral to either form a new belief without sufficient evidence, or to sustain an existing belief by deliberately ignoring doubts and avoiding honest investigation 2 first argument: four cases 21 1st ship owner case: a ship-owner sincerely believes his.
Abstract william kingdon clifford famously argued that it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence his ethics of belief can be construed as involving two distinct thesesa moral claim ( that it is wrong to hold beliefs to which one is not entitled) and an. N 1877, an oxford mathematician and philosopher by the name of william k clifford authored an essay entitled, ―the ethics of belief,‖ in which he famously argued that ―it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence‖ (139) his contention, that we have a moral obligation. The much-anthologized essay of w k clifford, the ethics of belief (first published in 1877) is often read in ignorance of its background, and this study of madigan is useful for correcting this clifford was an activist for the liberation of people from the spirit of superstition, and as madigan points out, was.
William james is responding to william klingdon clifford's 1877 essay “the ethics of belief” but what should we do if evidence does not (or cannot) decide the matter can any james' thesis is that we should allow our passional/ willing nature to determine our beliefs if and when we find ourselves in a forced wager. In the lecture called, appropriately enough, 'the ethics of belief,'1 clifford summarized his ethic in a single, memorable sentence: 'it is wrong always, everywhere, and for any one, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence' it will be convenient for us to have a name for this ethical thesis i will call it 'ethical evidentialism'.
In this paper i explicate a neglected core argument tied closely to james's thesis statement, and provide charts and other tools useful in presenting james' lecture though james wanted pointedly to refute the idea that clifford's principle was normative in the area of a person's religious beliefs, belief in what he called the. The ethics of belief [william kingdon clifford, william james] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers william kingdon clifford's excellent treatise the ethics of belief is in this edition united with the will to believe the spirited response by william james this book brings together the two essays which.