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By Stephen Law & Julian Baggini

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3-SECOND THRASH The rule “infer that past regularities will be continued in the future” must be modified to apply only to projectible predicates. 3-MINUTE THOUGHT Prior to Goodman propounding his riddle, Bertrand Russell had already remarked that reasoning that the future will be like the past can lead one astray. He imagined a chicken who observed the farmer having always in the past selected a chicken other than herself for his dinner. Thus the chicken concluded that in the future the farmer would always select a chicken other than herself for his dinner.

3-SECOND THRASH The work of scientific communities is driven by the demands of particular scientific paradigms, which rule the roost until better paradigms come along. 3-MINUTE THOUGHT The major problem of Thomas Kuhn’s approach is that it suggests a certain kind of relativism about truth. If the rules and criteria for assessing truth claims only work within paradigms, then it isn’t possible to adjudicate between their competing claims. There is also no way to determine the overall merits of particular paradigms, since there is no view from the outside upon which to base such an assessment.

Religion addresses many of the same questions, but while philosophy and religion overlap in the questions they address, they can differ in the approach they take to answering them. While faith and revelation are typically the cornerstones of religious belief, philosophy places great emphasis on reason—on applying our intelligence in order to figure out, as best we can, what the answers are. ” That’s a strong claim—too strong, I think. Suppose someone devotes themselves selflessly to helping and enriching the lives of their friends, family, and wider community.

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