Category Archives: Ludwig Wittgenstein

Jonathan Adler: Belief’s Own Ethics #4

Part of a series which began with Fake news and the ethics of belief.

Last time we got as far as step four of Adler’s ‘filtering’1 process which was to test if a belief meets his ‘full awareness condition’. After step two the substituted belief was:

Tony is in the ice cream parlour.

Step four was then to ask of this belief whether it is really coherent to believe, or assert, that:

Tony is in the ice cream parlour, but I lack sufficient evidence that he is.

Ice cream parlor
Photo: Alex Robert alexrobert, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
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More than the sum of its parts

I mentioned last time a parallel between two disparate things which seemed to me more than a coincidence. One was an example which Gestalt psychologist Kurt Koffka used to articulate his idea of the behavioural (as opposed to geographical) environment. The other was a fairly representative passage I remembered from when we were performing Peter Handke’s The Ride Across Lake Constance.

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