Natural language and virtual beliefReport as inadecuate

Author: Keith Frankish



This chapter outlines a new argument for the view that language has a cognitive role.
I suggest that humans exhibit two distinct kinds of belief state, one passively formed, the other actively formed.
I argue that actively formed beliefs (virtual beliefs, as I call them) can be identified with premising policies, and that forming them typically involves certain linguistic operations.
I conclude that natural language has at least a limited cognitive role in the formation and manipulation of virtual beliefs ...

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