Delusions, dreams, and the nature of identification

Sam Wilkinson

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Abstract / Description of output

Delusional misidentification is commonly understood as the product of an inference on the basis of evidence present in the subject's experience. For example, in the Capgras delusion, the patient sees someone who looks like a loved one, but who feels unfamiliar, so they infer that they must not be the loved one. I question this by presenting a distinction between “recognition” and “identification.” Identification does not always require recognition for its epistemic justification, nor does it need recognition for its psychological functioning. Judgments of identification are often the product of a non-inferential mechanism. Delusional misidentification arises as the product of this mechanism malfunctioning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-226
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • delusion
  • identification
  • perception


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