Belief

[Revised entry by Eric Schwitzgebel on March 24, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Contemporary analytic philosophers of mind generally use the term "belief" to refer to the attitude we
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[Revised entry by Eric Schwitzgebel on March 24, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Contemporary analytic philosophers of mind generally use the term "belief" to refer to the attitude we have, roughly, whenever we take something to be the case or regard it as true. To believe something, in this sense, needn't involve actively reflecting on it: Of the vast number of things ordinary adults believe, only a few can be at the fore of the mind at any single time. Nor does the term "belief", in standard philosophical usage, imply any uncertainty or any extended reflection about the matter in question (as it sometimes does in ordinary English usage). Many of the things...

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