Semantics for Belief

Robert C. Stalnaker

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Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198237075
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598456 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

Semantics for Belief

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A defence of a straightforward semantics for statements of the form ’x believes that P’ that takes the belief relation to be a relation between a believer and a possible‐worlds proposition. The apparatus developed in Ch. 4, ’Assertion’, is extended using the notion of a propositional concept, and of the diagonal proposition determined by a propositional concept to explain puzzle cases in which beliefs about identities are ascribed.

Keywords: belief; diagonal proposition; identity; possible‐worlds proposition; propositional concept

Chapter.  5833 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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