What it takes to believe

Mon, May 14, 2018, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
201 Marx Hall

Abstract: Much linguistic evidence supports the view that 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.