Context and the Attitudes: Meaning in Context, Volume 1

Paperback | April 22, 2015

byMark Richard

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Context and the Attitudes collects thirteen seminal essays by Mark Richard on semantics and propositional attitudes. These essays develop a nuanced account of the semantics and pragmatics of our talk about such attitudes, an account on which in saying what someone thinks, we offer our words asa "translation" or representation of the way the target of our talk represents the world. A broad range of topics in philosophical semantics and the philosophy of mind are discussed in detail, including: contextual sensitivity; pretense and semantics; negative existentials; fictional discourse; thenature of quantification; the role of Fregean sense in semantics; "direct reference" semantics; de re belief and the contingent a priori; belief de se; intensional transitives; the cognitive role of tense; and the prospects for giving a semantics for the attitudes without recourse to properties orpossible worlds. Richard's extensive, newly written introduction gives an overview of the essays. The introduction also discusses attitudes realized by dispositions and other non-linguistic cognitive structures, as well as the debate between those who think that mental and linguistic content is structured like thesentences that express it, and those who see content as essentially unstructured.

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Context and the Attitudes collects thirteen seminal essays by Mark Richard on semantics and propositional attitudes. These essays develop a nuanced account of the semantics and pragmatics of our talk about such attitudes, an account on which in saying what someone thinks, we offer our words asa "translation" or representation of the wa...

Mark Richard is a Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the author of Propositional Attitudes (CUP, 1990), When Truth Gives Out (OUP, 2008), and the editor of Meaning (Blackwell, 2002).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.64 inPublished:April 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Mental States and Their Ascription2. Direct Reference and Ascriptions of Belief3. Quantification and Leibniz's Law4. Attitude Ascriptions, Semantic Theory, and Pragmatic Evidence5. How I Say What You Think6. Attitudes and Context7. Defective Contexts, Accommodation, and Normalization8. Propositional Quantification9. Sense, Necessity, and Belief10. Semantic Pretense11. Intensional Transitives and Empty Terms12. Objects of Relief13. Meaning and Attitude Ascriptions14. Kripke's Puzzle1. Introduction: Mental States and Their Ascription2. Direct Reference and Ascriptions of Belief3. Quantification and Leibniz's Law4. Attitude Ascriptions, Semantic Theory, and Pragmatic Evidence5. How I Say What You Think6. Attitudes and Context7. Defective Contexts, Accommodation, and Normalization8. Propositional Quantification9. Sense, Necessity, and Belief10. Semantic Pretense11. Intensional Transitives and Empty Terms12. Objects of Relief13. Meaning and Attitude Ascriptions14. Kripke's Puzzle

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"Richard's book is a valuable collection that should be of interest not only to those interested in the semantics of attitude ascriptions, but to any philosopher of language. Most of the essays are written in a clear and engaging style, and even though the first one dates from more than thirtyyears ago, none of them is outdated." --Isidora Stojanovic, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews