Evidentialism and the Will to Believe

2015.03.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott F. Aikin, Evidentialism and the Will to Believe, Bloomsbury, 2014, 214pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781623560171. Reviewed
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2015.03.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott F. Aikin, Evidentialism and the Will to Believe, Bloomsbury, 2014, 214pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781623560171. Reviewed by Andrew D. Cling, The University of Alabama in Huntsville Scott Aikin provides an analysis and evaluation of William Clifford’s case for evidentialism and William James’ alternative. He puts issues in context, carefully reconstructs the arguments, and offers detailed critical commentary. He also gives a spirited original defense of evidentialism. He writes with clarity and verve, and his discussion is uniformly insightful. The book is filled with telling examples, useful distinctions, trenchant arguments, and good humor. I recommend it with enthusiasm. There are three chapters: one on Clifford, one on James, and one on religion and the ethics of belief, which contains Aikin’s own defense of evidentialism. The book is full of arguments that are worthy of sustained. . .

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