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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