The centrality of belief and reflection in Knobe-Effect cases: A unified account of the data

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Alfano, Mark Robert 2012. The centrality of belief and reflection in Knobe-Effect cases: A unified account of the data. The Monist. 95 (2), pp. 264 - 289.
AuthorsAlfano, Mark Robert
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Recent work in experimental philosophy has shown that people are more likely to attribute intentionality, knowledge, and other psychological properties to someone who causes a bad side effect than to someone who causes a good one. We argue that all of these asymmetries can be explained in terms of a single underlying asymmetry involving belief attribution because the belief that one's action would result in a certain side effect is a necessary component of each of the psychological attitudes in question. We argue further that this belief-attribution asymmetry is rational because it mirrors a belief-formation asymmetry, and that the belief-formation asymmetry is also rational because it is more useful to form some beliefs than others.

Year2012
JournalThe Monist
Journal citation95 (2), pp. 264 - 289
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN0026-9662
Page range264 - 289
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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