Dissonance and Irrationality: A Criticism of The In‐Between Account of Dissonance Cases

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97 (1):48-57 (2014)
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In a dissonance case, a person sincerely and with conviction asserts that P, while his/her overall automatic behavior suggests that he/she believes that not-P. According to Schwitzgebel, this is a case of in-between believing. This article raises several concerns about Schwitzgebel's account and proposes an alternative view. I argue that the in-between approach yields incorrect results in belief self-ascriptions and does not capture the psychological conflict underlying the individual's dissonance. I advance the view that in relevant cases the dissonant individual has two mutually contradictory beliefs.



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Cristina Borgoni
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