Belief in belief

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People take for granted that they, and others, have beliefs—and that there is a non-problematic fact-of-the-matter about what they do and don’t believe. This is wrong; belief and beliefs are nebulous.

Eternalism’s promises of certainty, understanding, and control depend on belief in belief, and on knowledge as “justified true belief.” This is especially true for rationalist eternalisms, which descend from both Protestant and Enlightenment dualistic misunderstandings of belief as definite, non-nebulous entities.

Dan Kahan (among others) has done good recent work on clarifying how “belief” works in the wild.

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