Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Philosophy TV: Elga, Schechter, and White on the Problem of Troublingly Contingent Beliefs

Over at Philosophy TV, Adam Elga, Joshua Schecter, and Roger White discuss the following problem:

Your beliefs about matters such as politics, religion, and morality are contingent on epistemically irrelevant factors like the time and place of your birth. Does this worry you? Should it? Elga maintains that this sort of contingency of our beliefs should not by itself undermine our confidence in them. Schechter and White challenge that position.

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