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Single Idea 20945

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 4. Belief / d. Cause of beliefs]

Full Idea

Belief happens as little in terms of reasons as tasting and smelling.

Gist of Idea

Belief is no more rational than is tasting and smelling


J.G. Hamann (works [1770], v2:74), quoted by Andrew Bowie - Introduction to German Philosophy

Book Reference

Bowie,Andrew: 'Introduction to German Philosophy' [Polity 2003], p.46

A Reaction

That is one idea definitively expressed! I take it as only a partial truth. Beliefs happen as a result of observation and experience. But someone can draw our attention to something (and we can hunt it out ourselves), which is giving a reason for belief.