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Rational Belief

Graham Priest

in Doubt Truth to be a Liar

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780199263288
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603631 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263280.003.0008
 Rational Belief

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This chapter argues that the common view that believing a contradiction is the nadir of rationality should be rejected, and that rational considerations may require one to believe contradictions. An informal model of rationality as an optimization procedure under constraint is given.

Keywords: rationality; contradiction; optimization under constraint; Aristotle

Chapter.  5974 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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