The physical mandate for belief-goal psychology

McGregor, Simon and Chrisley, Ron (2020) The physical mandate for belief-goal psychology. Minds and Machines. ISSN 0924-6495

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Abstract

This article describes a heuristic argument for understanding certain physical systems in terms of properties that resemble the beliefs and goals of folk psychology. The argument rests on very simple assumptions. The core of the argument is that predictions about certain events can legitimately be based on assumptions about later events, resembling Aristotelian ‘final causation’; however, more nuanced causal entities (resembling fallible beliefs) must be introduced into these types of explanation in order for them to remain consistent with a causally local Universe.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Folk psychology, Intentional stance, Teleology
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Cognitive Science
Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Ron Chrisley
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 08:34
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 08:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90352

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