A Phony Choice

I believe the idea that there is a choice between “right action” and “right belief” is mistaken. I also believe the idea that we choose our beliefs is an error.   Our beliefs are caused by our upbringing and our experiences. The idea that we have some kind of “free will” to choose our beliefs is a conceptual mistake. Some philosophers and theologians think that we have freedom of will with regard to actions, and also that we have the power to choose right action over wrong action. Determinists deny belief in freedom of will, but in general such thinkers have always been a minority. Given the above reflections it should be obvious that the place to lay one’s emphasis is upon “right actions”, because it is doubtful we genuinely have any freedom with regard to our beliefs. Of course, it is always distressing to find that one has false beliefs!



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