Welcome back from Summer Break!
We will be holding weekly club meetings on Thursdays at 3:10 in room KHB1015.
This week I will give a presentation on a debate in Philosophy that has been going on since W.K. Clifford’s essay “The Ethics of Belief” was delivered in 1877 at The Metaphysical Society. Clifford motivated the claim that, “it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.” This essay was quickly responded to by William James with his lecture, “The Will to Believe.” The debate that followed from these two arguments has contributed greatly to the intersection of Epistemology, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion.
Clifford’s Essay: http://people.brandeis.edu/~teuber/Clifford_ethics.pdf
James’s Essay: https://www.mnsu.edu/philosophy/THE WILL TO BELIEVE .pdf