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Why believe in contentless beliefs?

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  • This paper motivates the idea that the most basic kind of believing is a contentless attitude. It

    gives reasons for thinking that the most basic sort of belief – the sort that both we and other

    animals adopt toward situations – does not represent those situations in truth-evaluable ways.

    I call such attitudes pure intentional attitudes. They are not propositional attitudes, which I

    take to be linguistically mediated intentional attitudes.

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  • 2013

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  • Hutto, D. D. (2013). Why believe in contentless beliefs?. In N. Nottelmann (Eds.), New Essays on Belief: Constitution, Content and Structure (pp. 55-74). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/843

Book Title


  • New Essays on Belief: Constitution, Content and Structure

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  • 55

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  • 74

Abstract


  • This paper motivates the idea that the most basic kind of believing is a contentless attitude. It

    gives reasons for thinking that the most basic sort of belief – the sort that both we and other

    animals adopt toward situations – does not represent those situations in truth-evaluable ways.

    I call such attitudes pure intentional attitudes. They are not propositional attitudes, which I

    take to be linguistically mediated intentional attitudes.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2013). Why believe in contentless beliefs?. In N. Nottelmann (Eds.), New Essays on Belief: Constitution, Content and Structure (pp. 55-74). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1848&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/843

Book Title


  • New Essays on Belief: Constitution, Content and Structure

Start Page


  • 55

End Page


  • 74