A New Hope

Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
The analysis of desire ascriptions has been a central topic of research for philosophers of language and mind. This work has mostly focused on providing a theory of want reports, i.e. sentences of the form 'S wants p'. In this paper, we turn attention from want reports to a closely related, but relatively understudied construction, namely hope reports, i.e. sentences of the form 'S hopes p'. We present two contrasts involving hope reports, and show that existing approaches to desire fail to explain these contrasts. We then develop a novel account that combines some of the central insights in the literature. We argue that our theory provides us with an elegant account of our contrasts, and yields a promising analysis of hoping.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Upload history
Archival date: 2021-04-19
View other versions
Added to PP index

Total views
193 ( #30,786 of 2,448,508 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
148 ( #3,574 of 2,448,508 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.