Belief Attribution and Context

Robert C. Stalnaker

in Context and Content

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

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

Belief Attribution and Context

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It is argued that belief attributions are context‐dependent. To interpret the sentential clauses embedded in statements attributing belief, we need a derived context, different from the basic context relative to which the statement as a whole is interpreted. Derived contexts are defined, and the apparatus is used to defend a pragmatic account of de re belief attributions.

Keywords: belief attribution; context‐dependence; de re belief; derived context

Chapter.  8232 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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