Justification of beliefs — a philosophical perspective.

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Further to the last few posts here is the pub­li­ca­tion announce­ment of an arti­cle that a friend at church has just had accept­ed for pub­li­ca­tion:

http://philpapers.org/rec/SILODJ

No, jus­ti­fied belief isn’t sim­ply click­ing the “Justify Text” but­ton in Word, but rather how we sup­port and ratio­nalise our beliefs. Interestingly Paul argues that even false beliefs can be valid­ly jus­ti­fied. I’ll let his own words do the talk­ing:

More to the point, I argue that so long as one actu­al­ly has good rea­sons for belief, it is pos­si­ble to have a jus­ti­fied belief that is based on the worst pos­si­ble rea­sons. For exam­ple, bas­ing a belief on tarot card read­ings, irra­tional bias, coin flips, etc. is no bar­ri­er to dox­as­tic jus­ti­fi­ca­tion

He con­tin­ues to expand on his argu­ment in the brief on his own web­site here: http://paulsilvajr.com/2014/08/18/is-basing-really-necessary-for-doxastic-justification/

I’m look­ing for­ward to hear­ing more from Paul on it, and per­haps even mak­ing it along to his pre­sen­ta­tion on the 21st of August at Melbourne Uni.

Chris

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