Communication, Meaning and the Attitudes: Toward a General Theory of Content

Dissertation, University of Colorado at Boulder (2003)

Marc Moffett
University of Texas at El Paso
It is a platitude that people use language for the purpose of communicating their thoughts. However, in much of the contemporary literature, this constraint on a general theory of content has inadvertently given way to a spate of technical proposals tailored to account for a single philosophical context . At the end of the day, however, our approach to such problems must be incorporated into what we know to be a highly integrated theory of mind and language---a theory that, on the one hand, identifies semantic content with communicated content, and on the other hand, identifies communicated content with belief content. In the dissertation, I articulate a novel approach to intensionality that, unlike most approaches in the literature, is consistent with the role of content in a general theory of mind and language
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