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, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 19-22

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The Folk Epistemology of Delusions

  • Dominic MurphyAffiliated withHistory and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney Email author 

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Lisa Bortolotti argues convincingly that opponents of the doxastic view of delusion are committed to unnecessarily stringent standards for belief attribution. Folk psychology recognises many non-rational ways in which beliefs can be caused, and our attributions of delusions may be guided by a sense that delusions are beliefs that we cannot explain in any folk psychological terms.


Delusion Folk psychology Belief