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Who Hath Made Israel to Sin?: William Clifford on Why “it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence”

William Clifford, from his essay, “The Ethics of Belief” (1879): [I]t is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. If a man, holding a belief which he was taught in childhood or persuaded of afterwards, keeps … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: William Clifford on the Duty of Inquiry (from his Essay, “The Ethics of Belief”, 1879)

William Clifford (1879): A shipowner was about to send to sea an emigrant-ship. He knew that she was old, and not overwell built at the first; that she had seen many seas and climes, and often had needed repairs. Doubts … Continue reading

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