Synthese:1-27 (forthcoming)

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Samuel Murray
Duke University
Peter Finocchiaro
Wuhan University
Abstract
Confabulation is typically understood to be dysfunctional. But this understanding neglects the phenomenon's potential benefits. In fact, we think that the benefits of non-clinical confabulation provide a better foundation for a general account of confabulation. In this paper, we start from these benefits to develop a social teleological account of confabulation. Central to our account is the idea that confabulation manifests a kind of willful ignorance. By understanding confabulation in this way, we can provide principled explanations for the difference between clinical and non-clinical cases of confabulation and the extent to which confabulation is rational.
Keywords confabulation  rationality  clinical  social agency  cognitive bias  willful ignorance
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-020-02721-0
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