How Is Wishful Seeing Like Wishful Thinking?

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Susanna Siegel
Harvard University
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This paper makes the case that when wishful thinking ill-founds belief, the belief depends on the desire in ways can be recapitulated at the level of perceptual experience. The relevant kinds of desires include motivations, hopes, preferences, and goals. I distinguish between two modes of dependence of belief on desire in wishful thinking: selective or inquiry-related, and responsive or evidence-related. I offers a theory of basing on which beliefs are badly-based on desires, due to patterns of dependence that can found in the relationship between experiences and desires as well. This conclusion brings us a large part of the way to the conclusion that like beliefs, experiences can be ill-founded by depending on a desire.
Keywords perceptual justification  cognitive penetrability  wishful thinking  rationality  irrationality  implicit bias
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DOI 10.1111/phpr.12273
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