“The Ethics of Belief”, by
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
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Clifford’s 1877 essay caused shock waves to ripple through the intelligentsia of the late 19th century. In clear and uncompromising terms he threw down the gauntlet, challenging everyone who held religious, superstitious, otherwise irrational beliefs everywhere. Today his essay is still used to introduce discussions about epistemology and ethics.