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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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|Copyright Holders:||1998 Cambridge University Press|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Arts > Philosophy
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|Date Deposited:||30 May 2006|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2016 10:31|
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