Belief through Thick and Thin

Noûs 49 (4):748-775 (2015)

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John Turri
University of Waterloo
David Rose
Stanford University
Wesley Buckwalter
University of Manchester
Abstract
We distinguish between two categories of belief—thin belief and thick belief—and provide evidence that they approximate genuinely distinct categories within folk psychology. We use the distinction to make informative predictions about how laypeople view the relationship between knowledge and belief. More specifically, we show that if the distinction is genuine, then we can make sense of otherwise extremely puzzling recent experimental findings on the entailment thesis (i.e. the widely held philosophical thesis that knowledge entails belief). We also suggest that the distinction can be applied to debates in the philosophy of mind and metaethics.
Keywords belief  knowledge  entailment thesis  folk psychology
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DOI 10.1111/nous.12048
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