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‘Imagination and the motivational view of belief’

O'Brien, L; (2005) ‘Imagination and the motivational view of belief’. Analysis , 65 (1) pp. 55-62.

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Abstract

The view that beliefs can be characterized solely by their motivational role promises an informative reduction of what it is for a state to be a belief state. In ‘On the Aim of Belief’ David Velleman presents arguments against such a view. In this paper I argue that Velleman’s arguments are unsuccessful. I also suggest that Velleman’s mistake stems not from his being too critical of motivational accounts of our attitudes, but from his not being critical enough.

Type: Article
Title: ‘Imagination and the motivational view of belief’
Keywords: Velleman, belief, motivational role
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/38088
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