Mind 127 (506):521-546 (2018)

Kyle H. Blumberg
Australian Catholic University
In this paper, I raise a problem for standard precisifications of the Relational Analysis of attitude reports. The problem I raise involves counterfactual attitude verbs. such as ‘wish’. In short, the trouble is this: there are true attitude reports ‘ S wishes that P ’ but there is no suitable referent for the term ‘that P ’. The problematic reports illustrate that the content of a subject’s wish is intimately related to the content of their beliefs. I capture this fact by moving to a framework in which ‘wish’ relates subjects to sets of pairs of worlds, or paired propositions, rather than—as is standardly assumed—sets of worlds. Although other types of counterfactual attitude reports, for example those involving ‘imagine’, may be similarly problematic, at this stage it is unclear whether they can be handled the same way.
Keywords Attitude reports  Counterfactual attitudes  The Relational Analysis
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DOI 10.1093/mind/fzx007
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A New Hope.Kyle H. Blumberg & John Hawthorne - forthcoming - Journal of Philosophy.
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