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

From: Bruno Marchal <>
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2006 15:14:07 +0100

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


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