Logic in the Land of Make-Believe

Stephen Pollard

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/LLP.2019.017


Philosophers call it “contagion” when pretense influences belief, behavior, perception, or emotion. This pejorative terminology is justified in some cases: fantasy and imagination can exercise a pathological influence. This essay, however, reviews some logical techniques that allow pretense to govern belief in a rational and beneficial way. Philosophers might want similar techniques in their tool-kits when they explore interactions between belief and pretense.


abstraction; interpretation; contagion; pretense

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