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November 24, 2008, 11:29 pm
Filed under: Epistemology, Ethics

Did Hitler know that what he did was wrong?  This question came up today in class.  The quick and effortless consensus of the class was “of course he didn’t!”  

Why?  Because if you read Hitler’s book you’ll see he fervently believed what he went on to do was a great and noble thing–certainly not evil (in the final analysis).

But what does that have to do with anything?

If my earlier post was right, then you can know something yet not believe it.

It seems to me, on the face of it, that Hitler knew perfectly that what he did was evil.  This, even if he fervently believed it was good and noble.

The concept of knowledge without belief is proving to be a very useful one.


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