Thursday, May 13, 2021

Deceptive Truths

A deceptive truth is one which is 100% true in itself but because of some other truth, leads to the person coming to know it to believe something false, potentially to the extent that they are in a worse state epistemically or fiducially for having known it. This might be because there was some kind of misleading lawyerly case which the deceptive truth is taken to be part of once believed. Or it could be because the believer feels a certain way after knowing it (anger, self-satisfaction, optimism, despair, etc.) which causes them to fail to see some other truth. Or it could be because knowledge, even if partial, creates the illusion of being knowledgeable, which reduces a person's interest in learning. (Or there could be other reasons a true belief could cause you to not relate properly.)

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