Acta Analytica 25 (2):215-241 (2010)

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Anne Baril
Washington University in St. Louis
Abstract
Some beliefs seem more significant than others. This paper suggests an approach to explaining this apparent fact. As there are multiple senses in which one belief may be more significant than another, multiple possible sources of such significance, and, moreover, no prima facie reason to expect a single, unified account under which all these senses and sources can be subsumed, I propose the modest approach of articulating just one feature in virtue of which a belief may fairly be called significant: that of bearing a certain relation to human flourishing, a relation that more trivial truths do not bear. From such modest projects can a complete solution to the problem (or, more accurately, problems) of significance emerge.
Keywords Significance  Important beliefs  Trivial truths  Phonebook truths  Eudaimonia
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-010-0093-x
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