Epistemic Modals

Mind 116 (464):983-1026 (2007)
Abstract
Epistemic modal operators give rise to something very like, but also very unlike, Moore's paradox. I set out the puzzling phenomena, explain why a standard relational semantics for these operators cannot handle them, and recommend an alternative semantics. A pragmatics appropriate to the semantics is developed and interactions between the semantics, the pragmatics, and the definition of consequence are investigated. The semantics is then extended to probability operators. Some problems and prospects for probabilistic representations of content and context are explored.
Keywords epistemic modals  conditionals  semantics  formal pragmatics  expressivism  common ground  consequence
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DOI 10.1093/mind/fzm983
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