Philosophy Talk: Should Beliefs Aim at Truth? | KALW

Philosophy Talk: Should Beliefs Aim at Truth?

Nov 8, 2019

What is the goal of a belief: to make you feel better, to make you successful, or to track the truth?


If beliefs can be described as having a goal or purpose, then surely that is something like aiming at the truth. Yet we all hold many false beliefs too. Do these false beliefs fail to meet their goal? Or are there some things we believe simply because they make us feel good? Could the goal of beliefs sometimes be to provide comfort? Or must all beliefs—unlike, say, desires and wishes—be based on some kind of justification or evidence? Josh and Ken truly believe their guest is Ray Briggs from Stanford University. Sunday 11/10 at 11 am and Tuesday 11/12 at 12 noon.