Le 27-déc.-06, à 01:52, Stathis Papaioannou a écrit :

But our main criterion for what to believe should be what is true, right? We might never be certain of the truth, so our beliefs should always be tentative, but that doesn't mean we should believe whatever we fancy.

This is a key statement. There is a big difference between knowing what truth is, and believing in truth. I am not sure the term "belief" can make sense for someone who does not believe in (some) truth, quite independently of us knowing what truth is. We hope our belief are true. We even believe that people believe in their belief, and that means "believe that their belief are true" by default. We would not lie to an old sick person about its health if we were not connecting belief and truth (even wrongly like in such a "gentle lie"). The very reason why we can (and should!) say that our beliefs are always tentative is that we can guess some truth (or falsity) behind them.



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