Unjustified beliefs

A recent article in the New York Times,  “Philosophy and Faith”, touched on a form of apologetics I have recently discovered. It is called “pre-suppositional apologetics” and the clearest reference to it in the article states that

everyday life is based on “basic” beliefs for which we have no good arguments. There are, for example, no more basic truths from which we can prove that the past is often a good guide to the future, that our memories are reliable, or that other people have a conscious inner life.

Most of my philosophy professors in college were willing to concede these points, but would never call their pre-suppositions “faith.” One was a big fan of saying he knew things were objectively true by intuition – even the non-theists were unconvinced by that. Interesting stuff.

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3 thoughts on “Unjustified beliefs

  1. i still don’t really understand your argument about the problem of induction and how it relates to your faith. or maybe i just don’t find it convincing. you’ll have to explain it to me again one day…

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