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Will and Ethics of Belief

Title: The Will and Ethics of Belief: Epistemic Risks and Moral Consequences.
Name(s): Duddles, Nathan, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Debate over the ethics of belief has centered around two famous essays: W. K. Clifford's "The Ethics of Belief," and William James' "The Will to Believe." The former argues that it is never morally right to believe or accept a proposition beyond its evidential support; the latter defends the moral permissibility of a specific class of beliefs, including religious faith-commitments. I present interpretations of both essays, critiques of some contemporary arguments they have inspired and my own account of how to morally evaluate forming belief and acting on propositions. My thesis is that we must take seriously the moral consequences of belief when evaluating and choosing between alternative belief-forming practices and deciding to accept and act upon a proposition.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0086 (IID)
Keywords: Ethics of Belief, Evidentialism, Faith
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of the Department of Philosophy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: April 17, 2012.
Subject(s): Political ethics
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Duddles, N. (2012). The Will and Ethics of Belief: Epistemic Risks and Moral Consequences. Retrieved from