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The Justification Of Beliefs

  • L. J. Russell (a1)

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Justification of beliefs can be spoken of from two points of view. In ordinary life it consists in giving reasons of a kind which will be accepted as good under normal circumstances. I know that my friend is still in the garden, because I was talking with him there a few moments ago, and I have not seen him come out. We can sometimes give reasons for our reasons, but there is a limit to this. For the most part we do not go beyond common-sense considerations.

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page 122 note 1 There are suggestions throughout the Treatise that Hume was aware of this, and that he hoped, by a clear statement of his own principles and of the impasse into which they led him, to stimulate his successors to seek for more adequate principles.

page 126 note 1 In Contemporary British Philosophy, 3rd Series.

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