Inconsistency and interpretation

Philosophical Explorations 6 (2):109-123 (2003)
Abstract In this paper I discuss one apparent counterexample to the rationality constraint on belief ascription. The fact that there are inconsistent believers does not seem compatible with the idea that only rational creatures can be ascribed beliefs. I consider Davidson's explanation of the possibility of inconsistent believers and claim that it involves a reformulation of the rationality constraint in terms of the believers' subscription to norms of rationality. I shall argue that Davidson's strategy is partially successful, but that the emphasis on the notion of subscription badly fits with the motivations behind his theory of interpretation.
Keywords rationality  inconsistency  principle of charity
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DOI 10.1080/10002003058538743
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