difficulties with theories of evolution will not ultimately reject some other scientific theoryperhaps they might, for example, reject scientific theories regarding death. . Scepticism, then, is not avoidance of option; it is option of a certain particular kind of risk. Consider: But now, it will be said, these are all childish human cases, and have nothing to do with great cosmical matters, like the question of religious faith. . But if my visitor were a real visitor, and for a long time gave me information which was found to be trustworthy, this would indeed be good ground for trusting him in the future as to such matters as fall within human powers of verification;. These aspects coalesce in the description of the practically wise as those who understand what is truly worthwhile, truly important, and thereby truly advantageous in life, who know, in short, how to live well.
Footnotes 1See, for example, A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell (Simon Schuster, 1945. This particular" also shows the self-centeredness of Jamesno concern is expressed for how the belief might affect others. . Contemporary conceptions of right and wrong action, built as they are around a notion of moral duty that presupposes a framework of divine (or moral) law or around a conception of obligation that is defined in contrast to self-interest, carry baggage the virtue ethicist. Yet James recommends the exact opposite, for he advocates faith regarding momentous options. . What means could he have of knowing that the form which appeared to him to be the angel Gabriel was not a hallucination, and that his apparent visit to Paradise was not a dream? . To encourage beliefs without evidence is to sow the seeds of the destruction of society. . They admit that, for them, cultural relativism is a challenge, but point out that it is just as much a problem for the other two approaches. If death ends all, we cannot meet death better. This person may have just purchased it for future use, or may be returning it to its owner, from whom it was borrowed when it was raining, or any of many other possibilities. .
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