Commentary from Erik J. Olsson

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The term hypothesis denotes something like a policy proposal rather than a factual claim. An organisational tool stands a greater chance of success if it is easy and fun to work with. Better Beliefs represents the current credibility status of hypotheses using the amusing analogy with a horse race, each horse representing a hypothesis. The colour of a horse depends on the votes and evidence provided for or against the hypothesis that it represents. A general prohibition against asserting falsehood or harmful propositions would have a chilling effect on free speech in violation of, for example, article 10 of the European convention of human rights. Only in particular cases, which in the legal frameworks of modern liberal democracies described in sufficiently precise terms, is false or harmful speech prohibited, for example in the interest of protecting a citizen’s reputation, in which case a precise law to this effect needs to be in place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Virtue Epistemology
EditorsMark Alfano, Colin Klein, Jerone De Ridder
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780367808952
ISBN (Print)9780367407643
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jul 29

Bibliographical note

Commentary on Devitt, Pearce, Chowdhury and Mengersen

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  • Philosophy


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