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Belief and accpetance

 
 
Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2009 02:02 pm
what is the difference between "belief", and "acceptance"?

Belief is different from acceptance inasmuch as when we don’t have knowledge of the truth or falsity of a proposition, then we analyse the different reasons for holding it to be true or false, and then conclude to believe it as true or false. we could conclude not to believe either way, but for the sake of this discussion...

Acceptance is different from belief inasmuch as we can have knowledge of the truth or falsity of a proposition, but we don’t have to accept the truth or falsity of that proposition; we could deny that it is true, even though we have knowledge that it is true.

The difference is that in the case of belief, we did not have knowledge of the truth or falsity of the proposition, whereas in the case of acceptance, we did.

However, if something is true, do we have to believe it?

Does it make sense to say that something can be believed as true, even though we have knowledge of its falsity?

We do use them interchangeably, to believe something as true is to accept it as true, but to accept something as true is not always the same as believing that something as being true.

Basically, is there is a distinction between the concepts of “belief” and “acceptance”?

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Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2009 04:03 pm
@existential potential,
existential potential wrote:
Does it make sense to say that something can be believed as true, even though we have knowledge of its falsity?

No.
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Reply Tue 17 Mar, 2009 12:45 am
@existential potential,
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Does it make sense to say that something can be believed as true, even though we have knowledge of its falsity?


Yes ! ...according to a "committee theory of self". The key issues are the meanings of "we" and "sense". See Google references to Gurdjieff.
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