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On the Objects of Belief

University of Konstanz, GERMANY, KOPS

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Title On the Objects of Belief
Creator Spohn, Wolfgang
Subject Philosophy
Description The paper deals with the question of how to conceive the objects of belief. It emphasizes its epistemological importance, defends to conceive these objects as semantic contents, characterizes such contents as sets of doxastic alternatives, and explains them in an individualistic way as narrow contents. It claims moreover that doxastic alternatives (and thus narrow contents) need structure: they do not consist only of a possible world, or of a possible world, a subject, and a time (as required for the representation of belief de se and de nunc); they must rather contain a (finite) sequence of objects, too. It offers three arguments for this claim and points to some fundamental philosophical consequences of it.
Publisher Universit├Ąt Konstanz
Fachbereich Philosophie. Fachbereich Philosophie
Date 1997
Type InProceedings
Format application/pdf
Identifier urn:nbn:de:bsz:352-opus-62732
Source First publ. in: Proceedings of the 2nd Conference "Perspectives in Analytical Philosophy". Vol. I: Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science. - Berlin: de Gruyter, 1997, pp. 291-321
Language eng