Falsification Principle

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  • Falsification Principle - Anthony Flew
    • Cognitive - Fact and Knowledge
      • I.e. Dr. Williams teaches at Wellington College
    • Non-Cognitive - Expresses Things we could never know i.e. Feeling, value, and metaphysical claims
      • i.e Dr. Williams is worth listening too: teachers are a noble breed
  • Talk of God can implies it can never be falsified
    • i.e. I know God loves me in a special mysterious way which no one can question
      • If God is a mystery we are not using language in a constructive way
    • Falsification Principle - Anthony Flew
      • Cognitive - Fact and Knowledge
        • I.e. Dr. Williams teaches at Wellington College
      • Non-Cognitive - Expresses Things we could never know i.e. Feeling, value, and metaphysical claims
        • i.e Dr. Williams is worth listening too: teachers are a noble breed
    • Language is only meaningful if some evedience to counteract is shown
    • R.M Hare
      • 'Blik' A non-rational belief that could not be falsified
        • Bliks are not necessarily untrue (some are sane and some insane), but they are groundless.
        • Could be applied to Religious Language
      • Responses
        • John Hick
    • a student is convinced that his philosophy teacher is trying to kill him
      • No Evedience for or against so not untrue or true
      • 'Blik' A non-rational belief that could not be falsified
        • Bliks are not necessarily untrue (some are sane and some insane), but they are groundless.
        • Could be applied to Religious Language
    • Reasons Behind Religious Beliefs
      • i.e. Experience, Scriptures, NDE's
      • John Hick
    • No way to distinguish sane or insane bliks
      • Religion as insane could only be abritrary
      • Reasons Behind Religious Beliefs
        • i.e. Experience, Scriptures, NDE's

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