Against dispositionalism: belief in cognitive science

Philosophical Studies 175 (9):2353-2372 (2018)
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Abstract

Dispositionalism about belief has had a recent resurgence. In this paper we critically evaluate a popular dispositionalist program pursued by Eric Schwitzgebel. Then we present an alternative: a psychofunctional, representational theory of belief. This theory of belief has two main pillars: that beliefs are relations to structured mental representations, and that the relations are determined by the generalizations under which beliefs are acquired, stored, and changed. We end by describing some of the generalizations regarding belief acquisition, storage, and change.

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Jake Quilty-Dunn
Rutgers - New Brunswick
Eric Mandelbaum
CUNY Graduate Center

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