Adaptive misbelief or judicious pragmatic acceptance?

Frankish, Keith (2009). Adaptive misbelief or judicious pragmatic acceptance? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(6) pp. 520–521.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X0999121X

Abstract

This commentary highlights the distinction between belief and pragmatic acceptance, and asks whether the positive illusions discussed in section 13 of the target article may be judicious pragmatic acceptances rather than adaptive misbeliefs. I discuss the characteristics of pragmatic acceptance and make suggestions about how to determine whether positive illusions are attitudes of this type.

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