Embedded attitudes

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Blumberg, Kyle and Holguín, Ben. (2019). Embedded attitudes. Journal of Semantics. 36(3), pp. 377 - 406. https://doi.org/10.1093/jos/ffz004
AuthorsBlumberg, Kyle and Holguín, Ben

This paper presents a puzzle involving embedded attitude reports. We resolve the puzzle by arguing that attitude verbs take restricted readings: in some environments the denotation of attitude verbs can be restricted by a given proposition. For example, when these verbs are embedded in the consequent of a conditional, they can be restricted by the proposition expressed by the conditional’s antecedent. We formulate and motivate two conditions on the availability of verb restrictions: (i) a constraint that ties the content of restrictions to the “dynamic effects” of sentential connectives and (ii) a constraint that limits the availability of restriction effects to present tense verbs with first-person subjects. However, we also present some cases that make trouble for these conditions, and outline some possible ways of modifying the view to account for the recalcitrant data. We conclude with a brief discussion of some of the connections between our semantics for attitude verbs and issues concerning epistemic modals and theories of knowledge.

JournalJournal of Semantics
Journal citation36 (3), pp. 377 - 406
PublisherOxford University Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/jos/ffz004
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85074066541
Page range377 - 406
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
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