Accepting Contradictions

Peter Lipton

in Images of Empiricism

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218844
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711732 | DOI:

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

 Accepting Contradictions

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This chapter examines the general idea of acceptance, from an angle somewhat different from van Fraassen's. It focuses on the sort of case where the argument for acceptance rather than belief is particularly compelling, namely where the full set of claims in question are contradictory. Here, acceptance may be the only live cognitive option. Some of the different forms these contradictions may take, and some of the reasons that the proper response to some of them is acceptance are considered. The chapter concludes with some brief remarks about what the need for a strategy of acceptance tells us about our general epistemic situation.

Keywords: acceptance; Bas van Fraassen; epistmic attitude

Chapter.  7050 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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