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Expressing Our AttitudesExplanation and Expression in Ethics, Volume 2$
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Mark Schroeder

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198714149

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714149.001.0001

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Higher-Order Attitudes, Frege’s Abyss, and the Truth in Propositions

Higher-Order Attitudes, Frege’s Abyss, and the Truth in Propositions

(p.55) 2 Higher-Order Attitudes, Frege’s Abyss, and the Truth in Propositions
Expressing Our Attitudes

Mark Schroeder

Oxford University Press

According to higher-order attitude expressivist theories such as that developed by Simon Blackburn in chapter 6 of Spreading the Word, complex sentences express states of mind that consist in attitudes toward the states of mind expressed by their parts. This chapter discusses the van Roojen problem for higher-order attitude theories, a problem which leads such theories to overgenerate validities. It is argued that this problem can be evaded, but only by accepting a very specific set of commitments about truth and falsity, and about the nature of propositions and propositional attitudes. So though the van Roojen problem is not fatal, it still places substantial constraints on how we understand the commitments of an expressivist theory.

Keywords:   Mark van Roojen, Simon Blackburn, higher-order attitudes, expressivism, truth, proposititions

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