The Face-Value Theory

Stephen Schiffer

in The Things We Mean

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257768
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602313 | DOI:
 The Face-Value Theory

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The face-value theory is that theory of the logical form of belief reports that must be defeated if it is not to be accepted. It holds that ‘A believes that S’ is true just in case A stands in the belief relation to the proposition that S. The theory constrains, but provides no complete account of, the nature of the propositions we believe. Most face-value theorists hold that the propositions we believe are structured, and the big contest here is between Russellian and Fregean propositions. Both conceptions are problematic.

Keywords: belief relation; belief report; face-value theory; Fregean proposition; logical form; proposition; Russellian proposition; structured proposition

Chapter.  15212 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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