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We describe people in terms of their beliefs, desires, emotions, and personalities, and we attempt to explain their actions in terms of these and other such states. These are folk-psychological concepts; they are the ones we use when we think of people in terms of their minds. By ‘folk psychology’ it is meant whatever serves this linking role for folk-psychological concepts. Much philosophical writing about concepts would suggest that the linking must be done primarily by beliefs or theories; a central question is whether this is so for folk-psychological concepts.

Keywords: folk psychology, belief and desire, concepts of emotion, human action, physical world, state of mind

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