Can do attitudes: Some positive illusions are not misbeliefs


Journal Article

McKay & Dennett (M&D) argue that positive illusions are a plausible candidate for a class of evolutionarily selected for misbeliefs. I argue (Flanagan 1991; 2007) that the class of alleged positive illusions is a hodge-podge, and that some of its members are best understood as positive attitudes, hopes, and the like, not as beliefs at all. © 2010 Cambridge University Press.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Flanagan, O

Published Date

  • December 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 519 - 520

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-1825

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-525X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S0140525X09991439

Citation Source

  • Scopus