The aim of belief and the aim of science



Published 25-09-2019
Alexander Bird


I argue that the constitutive aim of belief and the constitutive aim of science are both knowledge. The 'aim of belief', understood as the correctness conditions of belief, is to be identified with the product of properly functioning cognitive systems. Science is an institution that is the social functional analogue of a cognitive system, and its aim is the same as that of belief. In both cases it is knowledge rather than true belief that is the product of proper functioning.

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Bird, A. (2019). The aim of belief and the aim of science. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34(2), 171–193.
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aim of belief, aim of science, functionalism, scientific progress