Believing What You Know is Not True

Embed from Getty Images “I believe in God, and there are things that I believe that I know are crazy. I know they’re not true.” –Stephen Colbert   While Stephen Colbert ended up as a
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Embed from Getty Images “I believe in God, and there are things that I believe that I know are crazy. I know they’re not true.” –Stephen Colbert   While Stephen Colbert ended up as a successful comedian, he originally planned to major in philosophy. His past occasionally returns to haunt him with digressions from the land of comedy into the realm of philosophy (though detractors might claim that philosophy is comedy without humor; but that is actually law). Colbert has what seems to be an odd epistemology: he regularly claims that he believes in things he knows are not true, such as guardian angels. While it would be easy enough to dismiss this claim as merely comedic, it does raise many interesting philosophical issues. The main and most obvious issue is whether a person can believe in something they know is not true. While a thorough examination of this issue would require a deep examination of the concepts of belief, truth and knowledge, I will take a shortcut and go. . .

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