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Title: Direct Belief
Subtitle: An Essay on the Semantics, Pragmatics, and Metaphysics of Belief
Written By: Jonathan Berg
Series Title: Mouton Series in Pragmatics [MSP] 13

Jonathan Berg argues for the Theory of Direct Belief, which treats having a
belief about an individual as an unmediated relation between the believer
and the individual the belief is about. After a critical review of
alternative positions, Berg uses Grice's theory of conversational
implicature to provide a detailed pragmatic account of substitution failure
in belief ascriptions and goes on to defend this view against objections,
including those based on an unwarranted "Inner Speech" Picture of Thought.
The work serves as a case study in pragmatic explanation, dealing also with
methodological issues about context-sensitivity in language and the
relation between semantics and pragmatics.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781614510826
Pages: 157
Prices: Europe EURO 79.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781614510901
Pages: 157
Prices: Europe EURO 79.95