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  • March 22, 2019
  • Berger, Dominik
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
  • My goal in this paper is to offer an account of mental fragmentation. I start out by considering the different phenomena that the notion of mental fragmentation has been used to explain. Then I consider and reject an account of mental fragmentation that is found quite often in the literature, namely that mental fragmentation is what allows an agent to have incoherent attitudes of a certain kind, on the grounds that this account can’t explain all the phenomena usually connected to mental fragmentation. In particular, this popular account can’t explain why it is that agents who have incoherent beliefs and are mentally fragmented appear to be less irrational for holding the incoherent beliefs than agents who are not fragmented. I will ultimately argue that this can only be explained if we regard mental fragmentation as the result of certain structural features of an agent’s cognitive processing.
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  • Worsnip, Alex
  • Neta, Ram
  • Merino-Rajme, Carla
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018

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