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A Puzzle about Belief

Saul A. Kripke

in Philosophical Troubles

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199730155
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730155.003.0006
A Puzzle about Belief

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This chapter presents a puzzle about names and belief. A moral or two will be drawn about some other arguments that have occasionally been advanced in this area, but the main thesis is a simple one: that the puzzle is a puzzle. And, as a corollary, that any account of belief must ultimately come to grips with it. Any speculation as to solutions can be deferred. The first section of the chapter gives the theoretical background in previous discussion, and in the author's own earlier work, that led him to consider the puzzle. The second section states some general principles which underlie our general practice of reporting beliefs. The third section finally deals with the puzzle.

Keywords: names; belief; puzzle

Chapter.  21594 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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