<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>James (William) - The Will to Believe (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_09/PaperSummary_9376.htm">The Will to Believe</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/J/Author_James (William).htm">James (William)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy; Rowe & Wainwright - Philosophy of Religion</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_09/PaperSummary_9376.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_09/PaperCitings_9376.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Brief Note</u><ul type="disc"><li>This paper is in large part a response to <a name="1"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_09/Abstract_9375.htm">Clifford (William K.) - The Ethics of Belief</A>". </li><li>Both papers are discussed in the first Chapter of <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5737.htm">Blackburn (Simon) - Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed</A>". </li><li>James agrees that Clifford s paper  while too strident  has some truth, but doesn t think the  scientific method is the correct method for addressing all our beliefs. </li><li>In particular, in inter-personal relations  which may include relation to the Divine  if we wait for proof we will get nowhere. All relations demand basic acceptance to get going. In them lack of trust is as bad as rejection. </li><li>This applies to beliefs that are  live options for us. </li><li>I may add more when I ve read what Blackburn has to say. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T07:20" pubdate>02/08/2018 07:20:19</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>