On Doxasticisms and Anti-Doxasticisms: Mapping the Typology Problem of Delusions
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Delirio, Doxasticismo, Anti-doxasticismo, Creencia, Imaginación, Psicosis Delusions, Doxasticism, Anti-Doxasticism, Beliefs, Imaginings, Psychosis

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López Silva, P., Nuñez de Prado Gordillo, M., & Fernández Castro, V. (2022). On Doxasticisms and Anti-Doxasticisms: Mapping the Typology Problem of Delusions. Resistances. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 3(6), e21095. https://doi.org/10.46652/resistances.v3i6.95


One of the most fundamental problems within current philosophy of psychopathology has to do with how to define which mental states should be regarded as delusional. This has been called the typology problem of delusions. This paper clarifies the main philosophical arguments for the dominant alternatives to this problem in current literature: doxasticism, that characterizes delusional states as abnormal beliefs, and anti-doxasticism, that claims that delusions should not be characterized as beliefs and offers a number of alternatives. After, we examine their respective counterarguments and replies and conclude with some of the most important open challenges in the debate in order to motivate further conceptual and empirical research.

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