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Sist endret: 29. november 2018, 08:50
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Vitenskapelig artikkel

Can Fictional Superhuman Agents have Mental States?

  • Gabriel Levy


Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
ISSN 0943-3058
e-ISSN 1570-0682
NVI-nivå 2

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2017
Publisert online: 2017
Trykket: 2018
Volum: 30
Hefte: 4-5
Sider: 425 - 448
Open Access


Scopus-ID: 2-s2.0-85072275824

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Can Fictional Superhuman Agents have Mental States?


According to Deborah Tollefsen, from the analytic perspective called “interpretivism”, there is a reasonable way in which groups can be said to have mental states. She bases her argument on the every-day use of language, where people speak as if groups have states such as intentions, desires and wishes. Such propositional attitudes form the basis of any account of truth-conditional semantics, the rules by which people grasp the conditions under which an utterance is true. If groups (abstract units of people) have mental states, perhaps superhuman agents have them too. One argument that may contradict this premise is one that says that, whereas groups exist, superhuman agents do not. However, if groups exist on the basis of normative narratives about them and the institutionalized actions they carry out in the world, the same can be said for superhuman agents. They are like legal fictions: fictional but real. Superhuman agents are fictional and real in a similar sense as groups.


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Gabriel Levy

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for filosofi og religionsvitenskap ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
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