Re: Are Beliefs Like Clothes?

Robin Hanson (
Tue, 15 Jul 1997 16:47:29 -0700 (PDT)

Sarah Marr writes:
>It seems to me that you're talking about the interplay between two
>_functions_ of belief (and clothes). I'd term one the reflexive
>function ('How does this belief affect me alone, in isolation?') and
>the social function ('How does this belief affect my interactions
>with, and opinions of others, and their interactions with, and
>opinions of me?').

I know "reflexive" is a popular term in certain academic circles, but
its connotation is pretty vague for most people. How about "personal"
vs. "social" roles of clothes and belief? Or "individual" vs.
"social" roles?

Robin D. Hanson