Who’s Who?: Direct Belief and Symmetrical Substitution

Philosophia 45 (1):101-105 (2017)

Tiddy Smith
University of Otago
According to Jonathan Berg’s Theory of Direct Belief, a belief about some individual is an unmediated dyadic relation between the believer and that individual. Berg’s thesis incorporates a Millian account of proper names, and invokes conversational implicature to explain well-known anti-substitution intuitions. In this critical note, I present a puzzle for the Theory of Direct Belief involving symmetrical substitution in false identity belief reports.
Keywords Direct belief  Propositional attitude reports  Belief  Millianism
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-015-9636-0
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