- Repository URL:
- https://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soss_research/256; https://works.bepress.com/john_williams/15; https://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1255&context=soss_research
- Arts and Humanities; Basic or Discovery Scholarship; Philosophy; Humanities
The preface paradox strikes us as puzzling because we feel that if a person holds a set of inconsistent beliefs, i.e. beliefs such that at least one of them must be correct, then he should give at least one of them up. Equally, if a person's belief is rational, then he has a right to hold it. Yet the preface example is prima facie a case in which a person holds an inconsistent set of beliefs each of which is rational, and thus a case in which that person has a duty to relinquish what he has a right to keep.