From Logical Empiricism to Radical Probabilism

Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 1:121-130 (1993)
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Adopting a central feature of Stoic epistemology, Descartes treated belief as action that might be undertaken wisely or rashly, and enunciated a method for avoiding false belief, a discipline of the will “to include nothing more in my judgments than what presented itself to my mind with such clarity and distinctness that I would have no occasion to put it in doubt”.1 He called such acts of the will “affirmations”, i.e., acts of accepting sentences or propositions as true

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