What do belief ascribers really mean? A reply to Stephen Schiffer

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Stephen Schiffer has recently claimed that the currently popular "hidden-indexical" theory of belief reports is an implausible theory of such reports. His central argument for this claim is based on what he refers to as the "meaning-intention" problem. In this paper, I claim that the meaning-intention problem is powerless against the hidden-indexical theory of belief reports. I further contend that the theory is in fact a plausible theory of such reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)404-423
Number of pages20
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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