, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 19–22 | Cite as

The Folk Epistemology of Delusions

  • Dominic Murphy
Original Paper


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 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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