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Propositional Attitudes

  1. Jay L Garfield

Published Online: 15 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470018860.s00141

Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science

Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science

How to Cite

Garfield, J. L. 2006. Propositional Attitudes. Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. .

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  1. Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2006


Propositional attitudes are psychological states such as belief, desire, hope, and fear that seem to take propositions as their intentional states. Propositional attitudes constitute a central concern for cognitive science, and questions about the attitudes focus on the relations among diverse branches of cognitive science.


  • propositional attitudes;
  • belief;
  • semantics;
  • foundations;
  • ontology