We are inviting abstract submissions for a volume of collected essays on the question "What is belief?". Each essay will propose a definition and theory of belief, setting out criteria for what constitutes belief. Candidate criteria might include, for example, causal history, functional or inferential role, representational structure, correctness conditions, availability to consciousness, responsiveness to evidence, situational stability, or resistance to volitional change.
Each essay should also at least briefly address the following questions:
(1.) How does belief differ from other related mental states (e.g., acceptance, imagination, assumption, judgment, credence, faith, or guessing)?
(2.) How does the proposed theory handle "edge cases" or controversial cases (e.g., delusions, religious credences, implicit biases, self-deception, know-how, awareness of swiftly forgotten perceptual details)?
Although not required, some preference will be given to those that also address:
(3.) What empirical support, if any, is there for the proposed theory of belief? What empirical tests or predictions might provide further support?
(4.) What practical implications follow from accepting the proposed theory of belief as opposed to competitor theories?
The deadline for abstracts (< 1,000 words) is December 1, 2021.
Applicants selected to contribute to the volume will be awarded £2,000 (essay length 6,000-10,000 words) by February 1, 2023. The essay will then undergo a peer review process prior to publication. Funded by the Templeton Foundation.
For more information and to submit abstracts, email eschwitz at domain ucr dot edu.