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Inference, Belief, and Understanding

Barry Stroud

in Meaning, Understanding, and Practice

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252145
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252149.003.0003
 Inference, Belief, and Understanding

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Lewis Carroll's story ‘What the Tortoise said to Achilles’ shows that a truth's being necessary, even if it links a set of premises with a deducible conclusion, will not explain any sense in which someone is forced to draw that conclusion despite accepting the premises. The chapter attempts to bring out the implications for conceiving of a belief's being based on, or being a reason for, another belief. A theory of meaning that provides for understanding in terms of a capacity or ability on the part of the speaker must take into account the threat of regress experienced in Achilles’ predicament.

Keywords: belief; inference; understanding

Chapter.  8694 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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