Showing our seams: a reply to Eric Funkhouser

Neil Levy*

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In a recent paper published in this journal, Eric Funkhouser argues that some of our beliefs have the primary function of signaling to others, rather than allowing us to navigate the world. Funkhouser’s case is persuasive. However, his account of beliefs as signals is underinclusive, omitting both beliefs that are signals to the self and less than full-fledged beliefs as signals. The latter set of beliefs, moreover, has a better claim to being considered as constituting a psychological kind in its own right than the set of beliefs Funkhouser identifies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)991-1006
Number of pages16
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Belief
  • Funkhouser
  • signals
  • Sterelny


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