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The love of truth
St Hilda’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom.
2010 (English)In: Studies in history and philosophy of science, ISSN 0039-3681, E-ISSN 1879-2510, Vol. 41, no 4, p. 422-432Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is frequently said that belief aims at truth, in an explicitly normative sense—that is, that one ought to believe the proposition that p if, and only if, p is true. This truth norm is frequently invoked to explain why we should seek evidential justification in our beliefs, or why we should try to be rational in our belief formation—it is because we ought to believe the truth that we ought to follow the evidence in belief revision. In this paper, I argue that this view is untenable. The truth norm clashes with plausible evidential norms in a wide range of cases, such as when we have excellent but misleading evidence for a falsehood or no evidence for a truth. I will consider various ways to resolve this conflict and argue that none of them work. However, I will ultimately attempt to vindicate the love of truth, by arguing that knowledge is the proper epistemic goal. The upshot is that we should not aim merely to believe the truth; we should aim to know it.

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2010. Vol. 41, no 4, p. 422-432
Keywords [en]
Belief, Knowledge, Normativity, Rationality, Truth
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103764DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2010.10.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-103764DiVA, id: diva2:719602
Available from: 2014-05-26 Created: 2014-05-26 Last updated: 2018-05-09Bibliographically approved

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