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How to Think About the Correctness of Theistic Belief

Mirosław Szatkowski
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Published Online: 2014-01-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2014-0004


Truth is a value in that sense that a belief is correct just in case it is true, which is frequently expressed in the metaphor that beliefs aim at truth. But, what does it mean to say that beliefs aim at truth? There are three most prominent approaches to this issue: purposive (or causal), teleological (or intentional), and normative. A comprehensive discussion of these approaches is the goal of our article. We also offer the hierarchy of languages and meta-languages, which gives a fragmentary account of the concept of God’s omniscience.

Keywords: correctness of belief; epistemic norm; God; Liar paradox; omniscience; ontological proof; positive properties; Tarski’s indefinability theorem; theistic belief; truth


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Published Online: 2014-01-10

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Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 47–68, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2014-0004.

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