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Wayne A. Davis

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199261652.001.0001

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Thoughts

Thoughts

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(p.9) 2 Thoughts
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Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference
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Wayne A. Davis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199261652.003.0002

This chapter introduces the cogitative sense of thought, comparing and contrasting it with belief. It distinguishes thoughts from sentences, identifies propositions with one type of thought, and establishes that thoughts have constituents including sub-propositional constituents. Thoughts are cognitively and motivationally neutral, abstract, generatively constructed representations with truth values and sentence-like constituent structures.

Keywords:   thinking, thoughts, occurrence, belief, sentences, propositions, propositional attitudes, constituent structure, opaque, transparent

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