I have a friend who said "I have a false belief that I might be able to do [some activity]." When I asked her to clarify this statement, she said, "I believe I can do it, but I also believe that I'm wrong about that."
Is this even possible? Is there an epistemological theory which addresses these kinds of thoughts? To me, it seems self-contradictory when we formulate them strictly as follows:
- I believe I can run three miles.
- I believe that my belief that I can run three miles is false.
The latter seems to encapsulate the first and invalidate it -- but this is only my intuition. At the same time, there seems to be some kind of "layering" of cognition which might make this plausible. I don't remember reading any papers or texts that addressed a situation like this. Is there any?