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Tue Feb 02 2016

Books: Modality and Propositional Attitudes: Hegarty

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Date: 02-Feb-2016
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Subject: Modality and Propositional Attitudes: Hegarty
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Title: Modality and Propositional Attitudes
Published: 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Michael Hegarty
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107085763 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107085763 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 69.99

This book shows that the semantic analysis of modal notions of possibility and necessity can be used to enhance our understanding of the interpretation of reports of belief or emotional state. It introduces intuitive notation and terminology to express ideas in modern theories of modal interpretation that are normally represented in complex logical formulas, effectively updates the 1960s-era link between possible worlds and the semantics of propositional attitude ascriptions, and reconciles two disparate views of the role of events in semantic interpretation, that of Donald Davidson and that of David Lewis. It reduces a host of variable behaviors of propositional attitude ascription to an intuitive and precise distinction between ascriptions that merely express a commitment to propositional content versus ones that attribute a mental state to the holder of the propositional attitude. This leads to an explanation of the nature and effects of the language disorder of fluent aphasia.

Part I. Modality and Propositional Attitudes: 1. Epistemic modality; 2. Root modality; 3. Bare attitude ascriptions; 4. Presupposition filtering and bouletic ascriptions; Part II. Events and Propositional Attitudes: 5. Events and states; 6. Full attitude ascriptions: individuating mental states through propositional content; 7. Lower interpretation of negation; 8. Events in epistemic and root modal interpretation; 9. Attitude ascription in child development and Wernicke's aphasia.

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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