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An Essay on Belief and Acceptance$
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L. Jonathan Cohen

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236047

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236047.001.0001

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What Cognitive State Does Indicative Speech Express?

What Cognitive State Does Indicative Speech Express?

(p.68) III What Cognitive State Does Indicative Speech Express?
An Essay on Belief and Acceptance


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When someone issues a particular statement, the question remains whether such should be interpreted as an acceptance or as a belief, and such matters may be related to the distinction between assertions and statements and to Moore's paradox. This chapter looks into the possible alternatives or co-ordinate cognitive states to which a particular speaker may be committed to after declaring a particular statement. While the chapter examines the problems that may arise from attempting to understand the semantics of exotic languages, it also focuses on the claim of Stich which entails the current list of cognitive states that excludes the notion of belief.

Keywords:   statement, assertion, belief, acceptance, cognitive states

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