Saturday, July 30, 2005

William Clifford

I just got done reading William Clifford's "The Ethics of Belief" (1877), my previous knowledge of which was limited to the famous quote “It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence”.

All I wanted to say here is that it is very good. Inspiring. I technical philosopher might quibble some of his larger statements, and he waffles annoyingly between consequentialism and deontology, but somehow that all seems beside the point. I'm going to make the undergraduates all read it.

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