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A Luxury of the UnderstandingOn the Value of True Belief$
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Allan Hazlett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674800.001.0001

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Partiality and Charity

Partiality and Charity

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(p.87) 3 Partiality and Charity
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A Luxury of the Understanding
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Hazlett Allan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674800.003.0003

It is argued that false belief is often better for a person than true belief, by appeal to cases of “partiality bias” (bias in favor of a positive conception of one’s friends) and “charitable bias” (bias in favor of a positive conception of people in general). Friendship sometimes requires partiality bias, and moral virtue requires charitable bias. This argument assumes that friendship and moral virtue are constituents of wellbeing.

Keywords:   Bias, friendship, morality, partiality, charity, wellbeing, value, truth

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