Take a Leap of Faith

Wed, Feb 06

Maybe having good beliefs means sometimes believing even when there is not enough evidence either way?  In this session we will consider whether we have control over our beliefs and whether it is ever a good idea to believe something before the evidence has come in. We will take a close look at William James's pragmatic defense of "leaps of faith" when it comes to choosing forms of life.

Key Concepts: Doxastic Voluntarism/Involuntarism, Pascal's Wager, Pragmatism

Read This:


Interactive Essay: The Will to Believe (William James)


"When Some Turn to Church, Others Go to Crossfit" (NYTimes)

OPTIONAL: "Secular but Feeling a Call to Divinity School"(NYTimes)

Do This:

  1. Homework: Reading Reflection Journal.
  2. Complete your Belief Prewrite (due 2/8).

Watch This: