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Daniel Nolan
University of Notre Dame
Abstract
Unified theories of de se attitudes and de dicto attitudes, along the lines of David Lewis’s proposal, face a problem. Whether or not they are adequate for representing beliefs, they can misrepresent the content of many of our desires, which rank possible outcomes in which the agent with the desire does not exist. These desires are shown to play a role in the rational explanation of action, and recognising them is important in our understanding of ourselves. Lewis’s account of attitudes de dicto and de se is shown to be unsatisfactory, and the lessons learned are applied more broadly.
Keywords Centered Worlds   Desire
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DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2006.tb00553.x
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