Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 36, number 108, diciembre 2004
Pragmatic Attitudes and Semantic Competence
[Actitudes pragmáticas y competencia semántica]
Maite Ezcurdia
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

maite@servidor.unam.mx

Abstract: In this paper I argue against the account Soames offers in Beyond Rigidity of the semantics and pragmatics of propositional attitude reports. I defend a particular constraint for identifying semantic content of phrases based on conditions for semantic competence, and argue that failure of substitutivity is an essential component of our competence conditions with propositional attitude predicates. Given that Soames's account makes no room for this, I conclude that he does not offer an adequate explanation of propositional attitude reports.
Keywords: semantics, pragmatics, propositional attitude reports, competence, content

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