In praise of outsourcing

Neil Levy*

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What explains the context sensitivity of some (apparent) beliefs? Why, for example, do religious beliefs appear to control behaviour in some contexts but not others? Cases like this are heterogeneous, and we may require a matching heterogeneity of explanations, ranging over their contents, the attitudes of agents and features of the environment. In this paper, I put forward a hypothesis of the last kind. I argue that some beliefs (religious and non-religious) are coupled to cues, which either trigger an internal representation or even partially constitute the beliefs. I show that such coupling will give rise to the context-sensitivity, without entailing that religious believers take a different attitude to belief content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-365
Number of pages22
JournalContemporary Pragmatism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Cognitive science of religion
  • Delusion
  • Mismatch
  • Religious belief
  • religious belief
  • delusion
  • cognitive science of religion
  • mismatch

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