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Defining Basic Beliefs

What is a Basic Belief (BB)?

Basic Belief is a belief that is not believed on the basis of other beliefs.

I don’t know whose definition this is but it is the one Dr. Boone uses. I think we will be able to clarify a lot of things if we are able to define basic beliefs right. An while I do agree with Dr. Boone’s definition of BB I believe another clause can be added to the definition

(1) Basic Belief is (i) a belief that is not believed on the basis of other beliefs.

And

(ii) Requires experiential evidence that is sufficient to make it knowledge.

It seems that a number of philosophers believe in another definition of BB. I have not come across their precise definition of basic beliefs but the way they use the term to define other important concepts as foundationalism tells use exactly what they mean by BB.

(2) Basic Belief is (i) a belief that is not believed on the basis of other beliefs.

And

(ii) Requires experiential evidence which is not sufficient to make it knowledge.

and there is one last very popular definition which is:

(3) Basic Belief is (i) a belief that is not believed on the basis of other beliefs.

And

(ii) Requires experiential evidence which may or may not be sufficient to make it knowledge.

Next, I am going to look into a few other very important epistemological terms that I will need to use for my paper. And all these terms use basic belief, let’s see which definitions do these terms refer to.

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This entry was posted on December 22, 2012 by in Philosophy and tagged , , , , , , , .
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