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Betting Justice

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My favorite Oliver Wendell Holmes quote, by far:

Chauncey Wright, a nearly forgotten philosopher of real merit, taught me when young that I must not say necessary about the universe, that we don't know whether anything is necessary or not. I believe that we can bet on the behavior of the universe in its contact with us. So I describe myself as a betabilitarian.

You may recall that Kant's atypically good on betting, too.

HT: David Coker




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BZ writes:

Just because I like picking nits: That statement is itself a universal claim of necessity about the universe. Better to qualify it that Most claims regard complex matters about which we have less knowledge than confidence...

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