RE: Evil ? (was: Hypostases (was: Natural Order & Belief)

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2006 11:52:29 +1100

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> Subject: Re: Evil ? (was: Hypostases (was: Natural Order & Belief)
> Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 14:59:17 -0800
> I regard the idea of "believing" to be unsound, because it is a
> pre-Freudian concept, which assumes that each person has a "single
> self" that maintains beliefs. A more realistic view is that each
> person is constantly switching among various different "ways to think"
> in which different assertions, statements, or bodies of knowledge keep
> changing their status, etc. Accordingly our "sets of beliefs" can
> include many conflicts--and in different mental contexts, those
> inconsistencies may get resolved in different ways, perhaps depending
> on one's current priorities, etc.

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.

Stathis Papaioannou
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