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The Inner Life of a Rational AgentIn Defence of Philosophical Behaviourism$
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Rowland Stout

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623433

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623433.001.0001

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(p.120) (p.121) 7 Beliefs
The Inner Life of a Rational Agent

Rowland Stout

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers belief and defends the following theory: A subject believes a proposition if and only if the subject is disposed to behave in a way that is governed by a version of practical rationality that works on the assumption that that proposition is true. Belief, on this view, is a real, causally active state of a subject. The meaning of a version of practical rationality working on an assumption is easily explained in terms of the general account of practical rationality developed in Chapter 6.

Keywords:   belief, practical rationality, state

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