Chapter

What Cognitive State Does Indicative Speech Express?

L. JONATHAN COHEN

in An Essay on Belief and Acceptance

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198236047
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679179 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236047.003.0003
What Cognitive State Does Indicative Speech Express?

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When someone issues a particular statement, the question remains whether such should be interpreted as an acceptance or as a belief, and such matters may be related to the distinction between assertions and statements and to Moore's paradox. This chapter looks into the possible alternatives or co-ordinate cognitive states to which a particular speaker may be committed to after declaring a particular statement. While the chapter examines the problems that may arise from attempting to understand the semantics of exotic languages, it also focuses on the claim of Stich which entails the current list of cognitive states that excludes the notion of belief.

Keywords: statement; assertion; belief; acceptance; cognitive states

Chapter.  7210 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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