Mental Files in Attitude Ascription

François Recanati

in Mental Files

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659982
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745409 | DOI:
Mental Files in Attitude Ascription

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Mental files serve to think about objects in the world, but they have a derived, metarepresentational function: they serve to represent how other subjects think about objects in the world. An ‘indexed file’ is a file that stands, in the subject's mind, for another subject's file about an object. In light of the distinction between indexed files and regular files, the possible interpretations of an attitude report of the form ‘x believes that a is F’ are investigated, and several notions of ‘opacity’ distinguished.

Keywords: derived function; metarepresentation; indexed files vs regular files; attitude ascription; opacity

Chapter.  4316 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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