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Single Idea 3074

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / A. Justification Problems / 3. Internal or External / b. Pro-externalism]

Full Idea

The reasons for which people believe things are rarely conscious.

Gist of Idea

People's reasons for belief are rarely conscious


Gilbert Harman (Thought [1973], 2.2)

Book Reference

Harman,Gilbert: 'Thought' [Princeton 1977], p.28

A Reaction

Probably correct. The interesting bit is when they bring the beliefs into consciousness and scrutinise them rationally. Philosophers routinely overthrow their natural beliefs in this way.