XI—Propositional Attitudes?


  • Meeting of the Aristotelian Society held at Senate House, University of London, on 27 April 2009 at 4:15 pm.


According to the standard lore on propositions, there are many propositional attitudes, including belief, fear and desire. The standard lore is partly correct: belief is a propositional attitude. But, so this paper argues, fear and desire are never propositional attitudes, not even when the content of the relevant fear or desire can be fully expressed by using a that-clause.