Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 3 (4):302-313 (2014)

Authors
Giulia Felappi
University of Southampton
Abstract
Propositional attitude sentences, such as "John believes that snow is white," are traditionally taken to express the holding of a relation between a subject and what ‘that’-clauses like ‘that snow is white’ denote, i.e. propositions. On the traditional account, propositions are abstract, mind- and language-independent entities. Recently, some have raised some serious worries for the traditional account and thought that we were mistaken about the kind of entities propositions are. Over the last ten years there has then been a boom of accounts of propositions in terms of mental acts. But Friederike Moltmann has recently suggested that in accounting for attitudes we should forget about mindand language-independent entities and acts and follow Twardowski in focusing instead on attitudinal objects, which are the products of our mental life. In this paper, I will focus on some semantic problems that any product-based account seems to face. Moreover, I will show that product-based accounts may be also criticised on ontological grounds. My conclusion will be that we lack a reason to think that in accounting for propositional attitudes we should focus on the alleged products of our mental lives.
Keywords Moltmann  substitutivity  propositional attitudes  products  denotation
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1002/tht3.146
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Nature and Structure of Content.Jeffrey C. King - 2007 - New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.
What is Meaning?Scott Soames - 2010 - Princeton University Press.
Truth and Meaning.Donald Davidson - 1967 - Synthese 17 (1):304-323.
The Things We Mean.Stephen R. Schiffer - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
Truth and Meaning.Donald Davidson - 1967 - Synthese 17 (1):304-323.

View all 20 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Act‐Type Theories of Propositions.Thomas Hodgson - 2021 - Philosophy Compass 16 (11).

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Propositions, Attitudinal Objects, and the Distinction Between Actions and Products.Friederike Moltmann - 2013 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume on Propositions, Edited by G. Rattan and D. Hunter 43 (5-6):679-701.
Propositional Attitudes.Timothy Schroeder - 2006 - Philosophy Compass 1 (1):65-73.
The Phenomenology of Propositional Attitudes.Søren Harnow Klausen - 2008 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 7 (4):445-462.
The Phenomenology of Propositional Attitudes.Sørenarnow H. Klausen - 2008 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 7 (4).
Against Essential Normativity of the Mental.Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 140 (2):263 - 283.
Propositional or Non-Propositional Attitudes?Sean Crawford - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 168 (1):179-210.
Reconsidering the Logic of Emotion.Simone Gozzano - 2013 - Philosophia 41 (3):787-794.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-01-19

Total views
207 ( #56,712 of 2,520,747 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
34 ( #25,725 of 2,520,747 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes