Faith, Fact, and Behaviorism.


Journal Article

David Hume argued that ought cannot be derived from is. That is, no set of facts, no amount of scientific knowledge, is by itself sufficient to urge us to action. Yet generations of well-meaning scientists (more and more as secular influences grow in the West) seem to have forgotten Hume's words of wisdom. All motivated action depends ultimately on beliefs that cannot be proved by the methods of science, that is, on faith.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Staddon, JER

Published Date

  • January 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 229 - 238

PubMed ID

  • 28018034

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28018034

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2196-8918

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0738-6729

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/bf03392309


  • eng