Nick Willis (TPR): Philsoc Seminar - “Burge and Belief"

I present an overview of my proposed Masters thesis on the relation between language and propositional attitudes. I will present two responses to Burge's (1979) Arthritis thought experiment. If the conclusion Burge draws from his thought experiment is correct, then social contexts partly determine mental content. A first response, from Davidson (1987), challenges Burge's claim that mental contents vary with social context. A second response, adapted from Kripke (1979), challenges Burge's claim that propositional attitude ascriptions track mental content. These two responses will be used as starting points for developing a spectrum of possible relations between language and propositional attitudes, and evaluative criteria for positions on that spectrum.

Date & time

Tue 12 Nov 2019, 3:30pm to 5:30pm


Coombs Ext Rm 1.04


Nick Willis

Event series


School of Philosophy


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