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Reply To Marshall D. Willman

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This chapter presents the author's reply to Marshall D. Willman's views on Chinese philosophy. There are two things the author disagrees with Willman. According to him, "The snake in the road, Theodore believes it won't bite people" is not equivalent to "The snake in the road is such that Theodore believes it won't bite people". Willman says that de re reports of belief in English have to be considered ambiguous, because the "reports are flatly uncertain as regards their semantic significance". The author says what the example shows is not that the sentence is ambiguous but that the report is incomplete. The point of the argument is not to show that externalism is false. The point, rather, is to show that one of the arguments for externalism is not valid because it confuses different ways of reporting beliefs with different kinds of beliefs.

Keywords: Chinese philosophy; Marshall D. Willman



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