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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283927.001.0001

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The Nature of Belief

The Nature of Belief

(p.4) 1 The Nature of Belief
Faith and Reason

Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Propositional belief is belief that some proposition is more probable than some alternative proposition (normally, its negation). Beliefs are involuntary responses to experiences of the world or apparent truths of reason, or to evidence in the form of other propositions which seem to make the belief probable. The strengths of different beliefs and purposes determine which actions we perform in order to achieve our purposes.

Keywords:   action, Hume, purpose, Tertullian

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