Quantifiers and propositional attitudes: Quine revisited

Synthese 160 (1):75 - 96 (2008)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Quine introduced a famous distinction between the ‘notional’ sense and the ‘relational’ sense of certain attitude verbs. The distinction is both intuitive and sound but is often conflated with another distinction Quine draws between ‘dyadic’ and ‘triadic’ (or higher degree) attitudes. I argue that this conflation is largely responsible for the mistaken view that Quine’s account of attitudes is undermined by the problem of the ‘exportation’ of singular terms within attitude contexts. Quine’s system is also supposed to suffer from the problem of ‘suspended judgement with continued belief’. I argue that this criticism fails to take account of a crucial presupposition of Quine’s about the connection between thought and language. The aim of the paper is to defend the spirit of Quine’s account of attitudes by offering solutions to these two problems.
Keywords
Reprint years
2008
PhilPapers/Archive ID
CRAQAP
Upload history
Archival date: 2013-04-29
View other versions
Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
979 ( #3,216 of 51,655 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
65 ( #7,955 of 51,655 )

How can I increase my downloads?

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