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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 36, Issue 3, September 2021

Uku ToomingOrcid-ID
Pages 361-374

Politics of Folk Psychology: Believing what Others Believe

In this paper, I argue that by attributing beliefs the attributer is pushed toward taking a stand on the content of those beliefs and that what stand they take partially depends on the relationship between the attributer and the attributee. In particular, if the attributee enjoys a higher social standing than the attributer, the latter is disposed to adopt the attributed belief, as long as certain other conditions are met. I will call this view the Adoption-by-Attribution model. Because of the non-epistemic influence that derives from the relation of inequality, belief attribution can reinforce the existing unequal power relations and contribute to epistemic injustice.