This question is an old chestnut in undergraduate philosophy, but maybe still worth a look.
As a realist, I would like answer ‘No’, but I may be wrong. Consider the following: A person is diagnosed with terminal cancer, with 3 months left to live. The person, by an effort of will, refuses to accept that they will die and holds onto that belief. After 2 months the person suddenly dies in their sleep.
Well, this person has chosen a belief, albeit wrong, and has never had to face the truth that their belief was wrong. So, it would seem reasonable to admit that they had chosen their belief in this case. There may be other circumstances in which this dynamic plays out, and I am interested in the pathology.
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