Clifford and james on religious belief i william clifford, the ethics of belief the shipowner doubts the safety of his ship this makes him uncomfortable (the discomfort of doubt. Summary of the ethics of belief william k clifford's essay the ethics of belief` is divided into three separate subsections these subsections are: the duty of inquiry, the weight of authority and the limits of interference. William kingdon clifford frs (4 may 1845 - 3 march 1879) was an english mathematician and philosopherbuilding on the work of hermann grassmann, he introduced what is now termed geometric algebra, a special case of the clifford algebra named in his honour. An eloquent explanation as to why exactly evidence is so damn important in determining belief.
Clifford, professor, the ethics of belief , contemporary review, 29 (1876:dec-1877:may) p289 the ethics of belief 291 let us vary this case also, and suppose, other things remaining. Books w k clifford and 'the ethics of belief' by tim madigan jon wainwright finds it easy to believe tim madigan the philosophical reflections of victorian mathematicians are unlikely to be uppermost in our twenty-first-century minds. Posted in ethics, philosophy epistemology ethics ethics of belief morality philosophy rationality skepticism truth w k clifford published by matt i write about math, philosophy, literature, music, science, computer science, gaming or whatever strikes my fancy that day. The ethics of belief (1877) william k clifford originally published in contemporary review, 1877 reprinted in lectures and essays (1879) presently in print in the ethics of belief and other essays (prometheus books, 1999.
Notes on clifford's the ethics of belief thesis: it is immoral to either form a new belief without sufficient evidence, or to sustain an existing belief by deliberately ignoring doubts and avoiding honest investigation. This section provides us with two selections from the essays of william k clifford (1845-1879) and william james (1842-1910) clifford's essay, the ethics of belief, is based on the concept of evidentialism. 34 foundation if we did not, according to clifford's own philosophy, we would be acting immorally, just like the ship owner in his story william k clifford's ―the ethics of belief‖ ultimately fails to convince the astute reader of. The ethics of belief wk clifford 1 clifford's dictum: it is wrong, always, everywhere, for anyone to believe anything on insufficient evidence. Response to clifford's ethics of belief essay in his article ethics of belief, william k - response to clifford's ethics of belief essay introduction clifford makes a number of assertions about beliefs that are untenable.
Many thinkers before clifford and james had important things to say about the ethics of belief in ancient greece, socrates stressed the importance of self-examination, the pursuit of wisdom, and admitting how little one knows. More essay examples on ethics rubric clifford starts his argument with two stories of unsupported belief in the first, a man lets a ship sail that he has convinced himself is seaworthy, despite obvious indications to the contrary, and it sinks with everyone onboard (clifford 364. An explication of william clifford's famous paper the will to believe and how we can use deontic and doxastic logic to understand it this video explains clifford's argument, but also shows how. Clifford suggests that we cannot evaluate the wrongness of an action without evaluating the belief on which it is based he says, for it is not possible so to sever the belief from the action it suggests as to condemn the one without condemning the other—p 3. The ethics of belief 3 because those who are not yet capable of controlling their feelings and thoughts must have a plain rule dealing with overt acts.
But one of clifford's most lasting contributions is an essay titled the ethics of belief, originally published in an 1877 issue of the journal contemporary review and later included in reason and responsibility: readings in some basic problems of philosophy (public library) in it, clifford probes the nature of right and wrong, the. Clifford, professor, the ethics of belief , contemporary review, 29 (1876:dec-1877:may) p289.
1 the ethics of belief: a brief history 11 origins of the debate the locus classicus of the ethics of belief debate is, unsurprisingly, the essay that christened it the ethics of belief was published in 1877 by cambridge mathematician and philosopher william kingdon clifford, in a journal called contemporary review. About the text of the printed book the text of william kingdon clifford's the ethics of belief is based upon the first edition of lectures and essays, macmillan and co, 1879, edited by leslie stephen and frederick pollock. 12 quotes from william kingdon clifford: 'it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence', 'in like manner, if i let myself believe anything on insufficient evidence, there may be no great harm done by the mere belief it may be true after all, or i may never have occasion to exhibit it in outward acts. Wk clifford's essay is called the ethics of belief, and for good reasonhe wants to convince us that forming our beliefs in the right way is a matter of real ethical importance.
The text of william kingdon clifford's the ethics of belief is based upon the second edition of lectures and essays, macmillan and co, 1886, edited by leslie stephen and frederick pollock. Each belief makes up part of a belief system which determines our actions 7 the communicated beliefs of individuals make up and modify the worldview of the whole, and the worldview of the whole determines the actions and well-being of society at large. The ethics of belief, clifford analysis the ethics of belief is an argumentative paper in regards to the structures of ethics psychology, the philosophy of the mind and epistemology. William clifford does this with the ethics of belief the essay covers the structures of valid beliefs evidence, of course, is a part, but other elements of more nuanced (but still valid) beliefs are covered.