Thursday, 21 June 2012
People are essentially good, right?
This week in philosophy lesson's we've been discussing Richard Swinburn's Principle of Credulity (See http://www.philosophyofreligion.info/theistic-proofs/the-argument-from-religious-experience/the-principle-of-credulity/) whereby if things appear to be something, they are probably like that. He uses the idea that the majority of people will be telling the truth, most of the time and this should be our default position. If someone claims to have had a religious experience, and there is no good reason to doubt it, they probablly have.
We had a good discussion about this and whether or not people are essentially good and truthful. I then got sent this link, it seemed to fit: