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Single Idea 3835

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. Value / 1. Nature of Value / b. Fact and value]

Full Idea

To say that something is true is already to say that you ought to believe it.

Gist of Idea

If it is true, you ought to believe it


John Searle (Rationality in Action [2001], Ch.5.II)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'Rationality in Action' [MIT 2001], p.148

A Reaction

I'm sure what Einstein said is true, but I don't understand it. The truth is the thought of how things actually are, but why should I not prefer my private fantasies? I see the point, though.