facie obligation to believe that. "But says one, "I am a busy man; I have no time for the long course of study which would be necessary to make me in any degree a competent judge of certain questions, or even able to understand the nature of the arguments.". In contrast, moderate Evidentialists take their principles to be exceptionable; thus they allow that there the Themes of Huckleberry Finn are some circumstances in which subjects are rationally permitted to form beliefs in the absence of sufficient evidence. The challenge for such a position, however, is to show that justification or knowledge adds something of genuine prudential value that mere true belief lacks. Strict and moderate Evidentialists will say no, Non-Evidentialists will say yes.
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There are ongoing disagreements, however, about the extent to which that is correct and, even if it is, whether it is necessarily or even contingently connected to the aim of truth-acquisition (Stich 1990, Plantinga 2002, Street 2006). In the absence of those conditions, James reverts happily to a broadly Evidentialist picture (see Gale 1980, 1999, Kasser and Shah 2006, and Aikin 2014). He had acquired his belief not by honestly earning it in patient investigation, but by stifling his doubts. Not only had they been accused of insufficient evidence, but the evidence of their innocence was such as the agitators might easily have obtained, if they had attempted a fair inquiry. He may quite honestly believe that this statement is a fair inference from his experiments, but in that case his judgment is at fault.