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May 10, 2008



Yes, I do believe you have a special kind of evidence, and it is on that we can predicate our denials of other persuasive but not dispositive forms of evidence. We can say, "I believe the nature of my father is such that he could not choose such a thing."

A very ordinary result, in my view of 'choice'.

Joyless Moralist

I like this post, except in my mind what you highlight here is not so much a "twist" as a "perfectly common example of how beliefs are intertwined with the other obligations of our daily life." Not that your father being accused of a crime is per se an everyday occurrence, but the point is that our loyalties always entail certain beliefs, while our beliefs very often impose on us certain obligations. What I keep saying about orthodoxy and orthopraxy... or, to put the idea another way, it is inappropriate to put a gulf between one's beliefs and one's practices. In the virtuous life, they will be intimately joined, and when they are *not* joined, it is a sign of some real moral defect.

Of course, I don't think our parents are the only people (or things) to whom we should be committed in life.

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