SEMANTICS OF THE ATTITUDES

ABOUT

This seminar will focus on the semantics of propositional attitudes reports. We will begin by examining the basic question of what attitudes ascriptions are, syntactically and semantically. On the traditional view they express a relationship between an attitude holder and a proposition. We will critically examine the motivations for this view and explore an alternative framework. Other topics will include the semantics of desire reports and the role of presuppositions in attitude ascriptions.

INSTRUCTORS

Nathan Klinedinst, Linguistics
Angelika Kratzer, Philosophy
Daniel Rothschild, Philosophy
Yasu Sudo, Linguistics

MECHANICS

The seminar meets Fridays 2-4pm, in Chandler House B01. The first meeting is 5 October; there is no meeting on 8 Nov; the last meeting is 14 Dec.

Enrolled students must submit a term paper on a topic covered for credit.

All are welcome!

BACKGROUND READINGS

Basic: Hazel Pearson, Attitude Verbs
Angelika Kratzer, Attitude Ascriptions (Althuser volume)
More advanced: von Fintel and Heim, Intensional Semantics

SCHEDULE

SESSION 1: 5 OCT
CONSTRUCTING ATTITUDE AND SPEECH REPORTS 1 (AK)
Slides and other materials can be found here.

SESSION 2: 12 OCT
CONSTRUCTING ATTITUDE AND SPEECH REPORTS 2 (AK)
Slides and other materials can be found here.

SESSION 3: 19 OCT
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SESSION 4: 26 OCT
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SESSION 5: 2 NOV
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SESSION 6: 16 NOV
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SESSION 7: 23 NOV
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SESSION 8: 30 NOV
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SESSION 9: 7 DEC
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SESSION 10: 14 DEC
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Image: Oskar Schlemmer, Raumtanz, Diagramm für Gestentanz, 1926