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Principle of humanity

This article is about definition in philosophy. For other uses, see Humanitarian principles.

The principle of humanity states that when interpreting another speaker we must assume that his or her beliefs and desires are connected to each other and to reality in some way, and attribute to him or her "the propositional attitudes one supposes one would have oneself in those circumstances".[1] The principle of humanity was named by Richard Grandy (then an assistant professor of philosophy at Princeton University) in 1973.

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  1. ^ Daniel Dennett, "Mid-Term Examination," in The Intentional Stance, p. 343

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