Re: Why believe the truth?

From: Brett Paatsch (
Date: Tue Jun 17 2003 - 05:24:44 MDT

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    Dan Fabulich writes:

    > In particular, I consider it a fact of ethical logic that,
    > for any X, we shouldn't believe the claim *:
    > (*) Although X is false, we should believe X anyway.

    What about where X = "This drug will relieve your illness"

    (1) The drug is a placebo and no real medication is available.

    (2) 40% of patients with the particular illness have improved
    as a result of the placebo effect in the past.

    Brett Paatsch

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