Reflection for the week – William James on doubt, risk and morality

“If in the mountain precipice I doubt my right to risk a leap, I actively connive at my destruction. He who commands himself not to be credulous of God, of duty, of freedom, of immortality, may again and again be indistinguishable from he who dogmatically denies them. Scepticism in moral matters is an active ally of immorality.”

– William James, Sentiments of Rationality

Photo: Keynote address, Wilfrid Laurier University – Ontario, Canada


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