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  • Will To Believe By William James
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    The Will to Believe Human passions are stronger than technical rule. (James pg. 129) Throughout the history of mankind, there has always been a great dispute over religious beliefs. As time has passed, and as society has developed, religious skepticism has broadened the disagreement between human intellectualism and human opinion. Faith and opinion are the basis to religious belief, whereas solid proof, logic and facts are the basis for science. Science disagrees with religious belief because in...
  • Mr Marollano From James
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    I see the three contributors that he mentioned to have a good point: Peirce - we should understand the effect an object will have for us, James - profitable, valuable and the likes and Dewey - ideas should spur and render growth; because like what James said in his implication of ethics, as complex as life is there is no single formula that could capture informatively. According to Mr. Marollano, ideas and beliefs should serve as a tool that we could modify our action in creative and satisfactor...
  • William James The Will To Believe Claims
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    The Compatibility of Faith and Reason When comparing the two selections by W.K. Clifford and William James on the compatibility of faith and reason, I feel that both arguments make very valid points. However I do think, after careful reading and based on my own experience, that William James has the stronger argument. William James The Will to Believe claims that Our passional nature not only lawfully may, but must, decide an option between propositions, whenever it is a genuine option that cann...
  • James Believes
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    Question 1 Bertrand Russell discussed certain problems he found with philosophy. Russell was concerned about how much did we really know. There is the stuff we know with our mind when we have a particular idea, and stuff we know through actually experiencing it which would justify it. But how do we know if it is real, or even there, for that matter? Russell says, "For if we cannot be sure of the independent existence of object, we cannot be sure of the independent existence of other people's bod...
  • Evidence In Support Of Its Truth
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    This section provides us with two selections from the essays of William K. Clifford (1845-1879) and William James (1842-1910). Clifford's essay, The Ethics of Belief, is based on the concept of evidential ism. This concept 'holds that we should not accept any statement as true unless we have good evidence to support its truth'; (Voices of Wisdom, 346). James wrote his essay, The Will to Believe, as a response to Clifford's essay where he endorsed a philosophy called pragmatism. Pragmatism is des...
  • Farm By The Cia Agents
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    "The Recruit" James Clayton was discharged from the "Farm" because he let his emotions take over when an abduction was simulated on him while he was still at the "Farm". After he was discharged, Clayton was approached by Walter Burke and offered an assignment with the CIA. Burke explains to Clayton that he was not really discharged from the CIA. Instead, he was made a Non Official Cover Operative and his assignment was to spy on a fellow CIA agent Layla Moore. Moore was also training at the "Far...
  • Opposing Views Of Niccolo Machiavelli And James
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    In Sources of the Western Tradition, by Marvin Perry, Joseph R. Peden, and Theodore H. Von Laue, many primary sources are provided, giving the ideas of historical figures with conflicting views. For instance, the sources from Niccolo Machiavelli and James I provide insights into their contrasting views on political authority. These selections give historians critical information on how political systems differed in the past according to the time and ruler of the state. When reading the sources, ...

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