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Belief As a Disposition to Act: Variations on a Pragmatist Theme

Published in Cognitio. 2005, vol. 6, no. 2, p. 167-185
Abstract In this paper I want to show that, although it is a common thread of many pragmatist or pragmatist-inspired doctrines, the belief-as-disposition-to-act theme is played on very different tunes by the various philosophical performers. A whole book could be devoted to the topic. I shall limit myself here to the views of Peirce, James, Ramsey, contemporary functionalists, and Isaac Levi. Depending on how they interpret this theme, the pragmatist philosophers can emphasise more or less the role of theory and practice in their respective account of thought, truth and inquiry. When they stress the former pragmatists are what I shall call theoria-pragmatists, when they put the stress on the latter, I'll call them the praxis pragmatists. I suggest that the first variety is much more appealing than the other, and I side with the theoreticist pragmatists. (edited)
Keywords BeliefFunctionalismHabitMetaphysicsPragmatism
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ENGEL, Pascal. Belief As a Disposition to Act: Variations on a Pragmatist Theme. In: Cognitio, 2005, vol. 6, n° 2, p. 167-185.

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