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The Nature of Belief

Richard Swinburne

in Faith and Reason

Published in print January 1984 | ISBN: 9780198247258
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598531 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198247257.003.0002
 The Nature of Belief

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Propositional belief is belief that some proposition is more probable than some alternative proposition (normally, its negation). Beliefs are involuntary responses to experience of one world or apparent truths of reason, or to evidence in the form of other propositions that seem to make the belief probable. The strengths of different beliefs and purposes determine which actions we perform in order to achieve our purposes.

Keywords: action; belief; Hume; David Lewis; purpose; rationality; reason; Tertullian

Chapter.  14578 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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