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Article first published online: 11 OCT 2012
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Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback)
Volume 112, Issue 2pt2, pages 123–160, July 2012
How to Cite
Yalcin, S. (2012), VI—Bayesian Expressivism. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback), 112: 123–160. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2012.00329.x
- Issue published online: 11 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 11 OCT 2012
I develop a conception of expressivism according to which it is chiefly a pragmatic thesis about some fragment of discourse, one imposing certain constraints on semantics. The first half of the paper uses credal expressivism about the language of probability as a stalking-horse for this purpose. The second half turns to the question of how one might frame an analogous form of expressivism about the language of deontic modality. Here I offer a preliminary comparison of two expressivist lines. The first, expectation expressivism, looks again to Bayesian modelling for inspiration: it glosses deontically modal language as characteristically serving to express decision-theoretic expectation (expected utility). The second, plan expressivism, develops the idea (due to Gibbard 2003) that this language serves to express ‘plan-laden’ states of belief. In the process of comparing the views, I show how to incorporate Gibbard's modelling ideas into a compositional semantics for attitudes and modals, filling a lacuna in the account. I close with the question whether and how plan expressivism might be developed with expectation-like structure.