Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Beliefs

It's an occupational hazard that one comes out of the process of inquiry holding many beliefs on topics one did not have beliefs on before:

Examples:

Numbers exist.
Beings are composed of temporal parts.
Pereception is simply becoming aware of facts.
Counterfactuals involve what is true at the nearest possible world.

I often wonder what to do with these beliefs, however. Clearly one can write about them and various implications they may have in professional context. But what about the old Socratic question, how should one live one's life? I'd like to think that philosophy teaches one a respect for truth and accuracy. However, these seem to be very outdated things these days.

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