On the Relation between Pretense and Belief

Tamar Szabó Gendler

in Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589760
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595486 | DOI:
On the Relation between Pretense and Belief

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Drawing on literature from developmental psychology, this chapter identifies and discusses some of the central features that characterize both early childhood and adult pretense. It offers a view that both draws on and differs from many standard psychological and philosophical conceptions of imagination, pretense, and make‐belief, including those of Paul Harris, Shaun Nichols and Stephen Stich, and Kendall Walton.

Keywords: pretense; make‐belief; imagination; belief; developmental psychology; Paul Harris; Shaun Nichols and Stephen Stich; Kendall Walton

Chapter.  9481 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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