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Intuitive and reflective beliefs

Sperber, Dan (1997) Intuitive and reflective beliefs. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

Humans have two kinds of beliefs, intuitive beliefs and reflective beliefs. Intuitive beliefs are a most fundamental category of cognition, defined in the architecture of the mind. They are formulated in an intuitive mental lexicon. Humans are also capable of entertaining an indefinite variety of higher-order or "reflective" propositional attitudes, many of which are of a credal sort. Reasons to hold "reflective beliefs" are provided by other beliefs that describe the source of the reflective belief as reliable, or that provide explicit arguments in favour of the reflective belief. The mental lexicon of reflective beliefs includes not only intuitive, but also reflective concepts.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:belief, rationality, metarepresentation, cognition, propositional attitude, religious beliefs, scientific beliefs, intuition, reflection, concepts
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Epistemology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
Psychology > Social Psychology
ID Code:402
Deposited By:Sperber, Dan
Deposited On:03 Mar 2000
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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