The expressive function of folk psychology

Victor Fernandez Castro


The aim of this paper is to present a challenge to the received view in folk psychology. According to this challenge, the semantic assumption behind the received view, which considers that propositional attitude ascriptions are descriptions of the internal causally efficacious states underlying behavior, cannot account for the main function of reasons in terms of mental states.

Keywords: folk psychology, propositional attitudes ascriptions, reasons, expressivism, descriptivism.

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