Thursday, January 14, 2010

Maverick Philosopher on Freud and Illusion

My friend, Bill Vallicella, has just posted this about Freud, in which he skillfully draws distinctions between error, illusion, and delusion.

The question is, if we assume, for the sake of argument, that humans believe in God on the basis of wish fulfillment, would that serve as evidence against God's existence?

1 comment:

  1. No. There is no necessary connection between the falsity of what is being wished, and the fact that it is indeed being wished for. What needs to be done in order to show falsity, is a careful look at the evidence/argumentation that gets one to the belief. The motivators are beside the point. I might have a strong wish that sleep is good for my reaction time, and thereby be spurned to do research on the topic. Lo, I find that sleep does improve reaction time. Then someone says "ah..but you believe that because it is a dear wish of yours." "Hogwash," I respond, "I might wish for it, but I also have evidence for it. Is that evidence crap or not, does it support the belief or not? That's the question you need to concern yourself with. Otherwise you argue circumstantial ad hominem."