Macro and Micro Attributions of Mental Attitudes to Agents

Afzal Ballim

Of the various mental states or attitudes, belief and knowledge are the two that have received most attention in artificial intelligence due to their having been considered the "core" attitudes upon which reasoning is built. In recent years the development of systems that perform complex tasks involving interaction with other entities has led to the investigation of many other mental attitudes. However, these investigations have not always benefited from the results of investigation into belief and knowledge. This paper has two gosh: first, to increase the awareness that problems associated with "belief" often apply to any mental attitude and that solutions for belief can be adapted for those other attitudes; and, second, to show that this is the case for a particular problem, namely the attribution of "belief" to agents.

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