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The proposal of trust figures prominently in modern philosophy of language and brain and in cognitive technology. those essays handle more than a few concerns in regards to the complexity of our trust attitudes, their contents, and the effect of motivational elements on ideals. The booklet is addressed to philosophers, psychologists, cognitive scientists and social theorists drawn to the matter of illustration, metarepresentation and the contents of propositional attitudes.

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2000 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. 56 JONATHAN COHEN ordinary language, "we lack a basis for claims we might want to make about the propositional content of an acceptance, about exactly what a person is accepting as true". In particular, according to Clarke, we certainly don't want our usage ofthe expression "accepts thatp", which we are taking as our object of philosophical analysis, to carry with it the suggestion ofregret or resignation that it makes in ordinary speech.

But in principle he should be more detached and thus readier to change his mind if new evidence or a better theory becomes available or is being actively sought. And certainly, if a scientist is content to have attained belief in his establishment of a physical law or natural uniformity, some factors might be influential in the black box ofhis sub-conscious mind that he would rej ect as influential or prejudicial if they came up for consideration before the tribunal of conscious acceptance. 58 JONATHAN COHEN The question arises, however, whether a scientist needs only to accept the experimental or observational data that he cites in support of accepting his favourite hypothesis, or needs also to believe them.

But my answer to him is that we can use instead the right kind of acceptance-ascription. " is a straightforward question about how belief ascriptions are used in 55 P. ), Believing and Accepting, 55-63. © 2000 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. 56 JONATHAN COHEN ordinary language, "we lack a basis for claims we might want to make about the propositional content of an acceptance, about exactly what a person is accepting as true". In particular, according to Clarke, we certainly don't want our usage ofthe expression "accepts thatp", which we are taking as our object of philosophical analysis, to carry with it the suggestion ofregret or resignation that it makes in ordinary speech.

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