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What it takes to believe

Rothschild, DH; (2020) What it takes to believe. Philosophical Studies , 177 pp. 1345-1362. 10.1007/s11098-019-01256-6. Green open access

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Much linguistic evidence supports the view believing something only requires thinking it likely. I assess and reject a rival view, based on recent work on homogeneity in natural language, according to which belief is a strong, demanding attitude. I discuss the implications of the linguistic considerations about ‘believe’ for our philosophical accounts of belief.

Type: Article
Title: What it takes to believe
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11098-019-01256-6
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-019-01256-6
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2019. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Belief, Credence, Lexical semantics
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10065632
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