Re-tweeting Mr. Keynes

If a man believes something for a reason which is preposterous or for no reason at all, and what he believes turns out to be true for some reason not known to him, he cannot be said to believe it rationally, although he believes it and it is in fact true.  On the other hand, a man may rationally believe a proposition to be probable when it is in fact false.  The distinction between rational belief and mere belief, therefore, is not the same as the distinction between true beliefs and false beliefs.  The highest degree of rational belief, which is termed certain rational belief, corresponds to knowledge.  We may be said to know a thing when we have a certain rational belief in it.

– A Treatise on Probability, John Maynard Keynes, 1921


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