By Pascal Engel
The suggestion of trust figures prominently in modern philosophy of language and brain and in cognitive technology. those essays tackle a number concerns about the complexity of our trust attitudes, their contents, and the effect of motivational components on ideals. The ebook is addressed to philosophers, psychologists, cognitive scientists and social theorists attracted to the matter of illustration, metarepresentation and the contents of propositional attitudes.
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IV. BELIEF ASCRIPTION AND REALISM Our starting with Moore's Paradox and conditions for speech acts has the effect of formulating the issue before us as a question about what we say. Is it possible to refuse to ascribe a belief to someone who has assented to or asserted a certain proposition? to extend the thesis to acceptance retains Moore's framework by posing what we loosely term a "conceptual issue" about the use of belief ascriptions. But there are some who may object to this framework. To ascribe a belief to a person, they will say, is to ascribe some state to that person.
Since the differences are traced to differing environments, functionalists conclude that a belief is a relational state between a person and objects to which the person is causally related. 13 That the de re/de dicto distinction has no applicability to the question of substitution is noted by Tyler Burge in "Individualism and the Mental" inMidwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol IV, P. , eds. 14 That it is clearly false for normal uses offirst person ascriptions has I think been successfully shown by Arthur Collins in The Nature ofAt/ental Things (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1987), Ch.
In fact, we do justifiably ascribe to the scientific community the belief that the universe is expanding and that DNA has a helical structure. Some individual members may not believe this, but they are discounted in our group ascription. Of course, scientific belief is fallible. Terminal acceptance certainly does not require dogmatic certainty and rule out openness to admit error if conflicting evidence were to be discovered. But it does require belief, which all sides to the dispute must concede to admit ofdegrees and which may fall well short of certainty.