RuCCS Colloquia

Belief, Intention, and Practicality: Loosening up Agents and Their Propositional Attitudes

Dr. Richmond Thomason

Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

University of Michigan, Department of Philosophy

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The beliefs of a single agent are typically treated in logic and philosophy as a single modality or epistemic attitude. I argue that it is better to treat belief as a loosely related family of related modalities. This approach to belief, along with mechanisms for constructing modalities and for activating a modality that is appropriate for a specifc reasoning situation, seems to provide a much better model of the relation of belief to intention in deliberative reasoning. I discuss this and other applications of this more flexible conception of belief and similar attitudes.

Dr. Richmond Thomason

The RuCCS Colloquia Series is organized by Dr. Julien Musolino and Dr. Sara Pixley. The talks are held on Tuesdays in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on the Busch Campus from 1:00-2:30pm.

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