The Pragmatic Metaphysics of BeliefEric Schwitzgebel
in Cristina Borgoni, Dirk Kindermann, and Andrea Onofri, eds., The Fragmented Mind (Oxford, 2021)
On an "intellectualist" approach to belief, the intellectual endorsement of a proposition (such as "the working poor deserve as much respect as the handsomely paid") is sufficient or nearly sufficient for believing it. On a "pragmatic" approach to belief, intellectual endorsement is not enough. Belief is behaviorally demanding. To really, fully believe, you must also "walk the walk". I argue that the pragmatic approach is preferable on pragmatic grounds: It rightly directs our attention to what matters most in thinking about belief.
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