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Will, Belief and Knowledge

  • H.G. Classen (a1)

In her recent paper, “Belief, Values and the Will,” Trudy Govier raises several interesting and challenging points. Most interesting is her conclusion that it is at least logically possible for a person to believe something “simply in virtue of having taken that decision,” i.e., by fiat. In otherwords, it is possible to believe something by an act of will.

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1 Dialogue, XV, 4, December 1976.

2 Republic, concluding portion of Book V. See also Theaitetos and Meno.

3 Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edwards P., Editor in Chief, New York, 1972, Vol. 2, p. 351.

4 A Treatise of Human Nature, Appendix.

5 Ibid., Book I, Part III, Section VIII.

6 Knowledge, Belief and Opinion, New York 1930, p. 157.

7 Broome J. H., Pascal, London 1965, pp. 165174.

8 Edgley Roy, Reason in Theory and Practice, London 1969, p. 64.

9 Price H. H., “Belief and Will,” Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume XXVII 1954.

10 O'Hear A., “Belief and Will,” Philosophy, 1972.

11 Chisholm R. M., Perceiving, Ithaca 1957, pp. 3637.

12 Hampshire Stuart, Thought and Action, London 1969, p. 158.

13 Needham Rodney, Belief, Language and Experience, Oxford 1972, pp. 8596.

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
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