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Belief, desire and the prediction of behaviour

Zalabardo, JL; (2019) Belief, desire and the prediction of behaviour. Philosophical Issues , 29 (1) pp. 295-310. 10.1111/phis.12155. Green open access

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Abstract

Sometimes philosophers believe, rightly or wrongly, that a region of (declarative) discourse is in need of their help—that vindicating its standing requires the kind of treatment that a philosopher might be able to offer. There is a wide variety of circumstances leading to this situation. In many cases, a perceived tension between naturalism and the ostensible subject matter of the discourse is an important factor,_{1} but there could in principle be lines of reasoning leading to the conclusion that a discourse needs philosophical help in which naturalism is not involved. I am going to discuss the situation focusing on linguistic items—sentences and terms, but parallel problems arise for their mental correlates—beliefs and concepts, and I'll be interested only in proposals for the linguistic version of the task that don't presuppose that the mental version has already been accomplished.

Type: Article
Title: Belief, desire and the prediction of behaviour
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/phis.12155
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/phis.12155
Language: English
Additional information: © 2019 The Authors. Philosophical Issues published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081919
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