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9: Consistency and Inconsistency

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    • Contributed by Bradley H. Dowden
    • Professor (Philosophy) at California State University Sacramento

    Your goal is to maintain the consistency of your beliefs as you add new beliefs. This chapter is devoted to exploring how to achieve this goal. All of us want to remove any inconsistent beliefs we have, because if we don’t then we are accepting something impossible. We aren’t like the red queen in Alice in Wonderland who said she could believe six impossible things before breakfast.

    Drawing of the red queen from the book Alice in Wonderland
    by Ice Vision

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