The PERFECT Project for €2 Million

Lisa Bortolotti, a philosopher at the University of Birmingham, has won a European Research Council Consolidator Grant for 2 million euros (over 5 years) for “Project PERFECT”, as in Pragmatic and Epistemic Role of Factually Erroneous Cognitions and Thoughts (via Leiter). The goal of the project is “to establish whether cognitions that are inaccurate in some important respect can ever be good for us from an epistemic point of view. Can delusional beliefs, distorted memories, confabulatory explanations, which are frequent in the non-clinical population and also listed as symptoms of psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and dementia, have redeeming epistemic features?”

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