Attitudes and Mental Files in Discourse Representation Theory

Review of Philosophy and Psychology 7 (2):473-490 (2016)
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Abstract

I present a concrete DRT-based syntax and semantics for the representation of mental states in the style of Kamp. This system is closely related to Recanati’s Mental Files framework, but adds a crucial distinction between anchors, the analogues of mental files, and attitudes like belief, desire and imagination. Attitudes are represented as separate compartments that can be referentially dependent on anchors. I show how the added distinctions help defend the useful notion of an acquaintance-based mental file against Ninan’s :368–377 2015) recent challenge involving counterfactual de re attitudes.

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