Delusions and misbeliefs

Max Coltheart*

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Beliefs may be true or false, and grounded or ungrounded. McKay & Dennett (M&D) treat these properties of belief as independent. What, then, do they mean by misbelief? They state that misbeliefs are simply false beliefs. So would they consider a very well-grounded belief that is false a misbelief? And why can't beliefs that are very poorly grounded be considered delusions, even when they are true?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

Bibliographical note

Copyright 2009 Cambridge University Press. Article originally published in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 32, No. 6, p. 517. The original article can be found at


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