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Introduction to Propositional Attitudes

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The paper Prolegomena to a Structural Account of Belief and Other Attitudes was written at a time when much of the general picture it outlines. The model theoretic semantics for the descriptions that expanded DRT-formalism makes available for the description of mental states is an intensional one, and hence suffers from most of the shortcomings vis-à-vis the logical omniscience problem inherent in HOIL. In particular, the semantics provides no resolution for the particular logical omniscience problem discussed in Prolegomena's opening pages. The two most important transformations in connection with this paper - the two-stage treatment of presuppositions introduced by Rob van der Sandt and Bart Geurts and the extension of DRT to a theory of propositional attitudes and a framework for the semantic analysis of attitude reports. The concerns that prompted these two changes in DRT come together in attitude reports whose complement clauses trigger linguistic presuppositions.

Keywords:DRT; linguistic; presuppositions; propositional attitudes; semantics



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