Journal of Philosophy 119 (1):5-32 (2022)

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Kyle H. Blumberg
Australian Catholic University
John Hawthorne
Australian Catholic University
Abstract
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, that is, sentences of the form ‘S wants p’. In this paper, we turn from want reports to a closely related but relatively understudied construction, namely hope reports, that is, 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 an elegant account of our contrasts and yields a promising analysis of hoping.
Keywords Logic of desire  Attitude ascriptions  Alternative sensitivity  Decision Theory
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DOI 10.5840/jphil202211911
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The Externalist’s Demon.Clayton Littlejohn - 2009 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 39 (3):399-434.
Wanting What’s Not Best.Kyle Blumberg & John Hawthorne - 2021 - Philosophical Studies 179 (4):1275-1296.
On Preferring.Kyle Blumberg - forthcoming - Linguistics and Philosophy:1-30.

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