Doxastic Voluntarism

To what extent can we choose what we believe?

That is one of Harry Potter’s largest struggles in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Harry can’t just choose to believe that Dumbledore was good; he wants the truth!

How does head knowledge become heart knowledge?  Is head knowledge enough?  Does true belief include an emotional component?

How do we change what we believe, our perspective?  Can we choose what we want to believe and then habituate ourselves into that belief?

I believe; help my unbelief!

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