Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 80 (4):324-345 (1999)

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Kevin Falvey
University of California at Santa Barbara
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Contemporary philosophy of mind is dominated by a conception of our propositional attitude concepts as comprising a proto-scientific causal-explanatory theory of behavior. This conception has given rise to a spate of recent worries about the prospects for “naturalizing” the theory. In this paper I return to the roots of the “theory-theory” of the attitudes in Wilfrid Sellars’s classic “Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind.” I present an alternative to the theory-theory’s account of belief in the form of a parody of Sellars’s “Myth of Jones,” one that highlights the normative and pragmatic aspects of this concept and, hopefully, enables us to bypass questions about its physical “realization.”
Keywords Attitude  Belief  Causation  Epistemology  History  Sellars, W
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DOI 10.1111/1468-0114.00087
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