Pragmatic Attitudes and Semantic Competence (Actitudes pragmáticas y competencia semántica)

Crítica 36 (108):55 - 82 (2004)
In this paper I argue against the account Soames offers in Beyond Rigidity of the semantics and pragmatics of propositional attitude reports. I defend a particular constraint for identifying semantic content of phrases based on conditions for semantic competence, and argue that failure of substitutivity is an essential component of our competence conditions with propositional attitude predicates. Given that Soames's account makes no room for this, I conclude that he does not offer an adequate explanation of propositional attitude reports.
Keywords propositional attitude reports  semantic content  pragmatics
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