A phrase popularized by the late HarVard?
philosophy professor, WVOQuinE?
. Beliefs that are "held come what may" are beliefs one is unwilling to give up, regardless of any evidence with which one might be presented. Quine held (on a perhaps simplistic construal) that there are no beliefs that one ought to hold come what may--in other words, all beliefs are rationally revisable. Many philosophers are to the contrary, believing that, for example, TheLawsOfThought?
cannot be revised and may be held come what may.