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Belief, Reference, and Quantification

P. F. Strawson

in Entity and Identity

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250159
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598470 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250150.003.0007
 Belief, Reference, and Quantification

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Many propositions ascribing a belief to a person can simply be understood as expressing a two‐termed relation between person and proposition. This simple account becomes untenable when the ascription contains a direct reference to one or more individuals the belief is about and thus allows for quantification into the belief‐context from outside it. Some suggestions are rejected, a tentative solution proposed, and the solution of resulting complications provided.

Keywords: belief‐context; compound predicates; direct reference; multi‐place relation; quantification; sequences

Chapter.  7993 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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