Computational Models Of Beliefs and The Semantics Of Belief-Sentences


Moore, R. C., & Hendrix, G. G. (1982). Computational models of belief and the semantics of belief sentences. In Processes, Beliefs, and Questions (pp. 107-127). Springer, Dordrecht.


This paper considers a number of problems in the semantics of belief sentences from the perspective of computational models of the psychology of belief. We present a semantic interpretation for belief sentences and show how this interpretation overcomes some of the difficulties of alternative approaches, especially those based on possible-world semantics. Finally, we argue that these difficulties arise from a mistaken attempt to identify the truth conditions of a sentence with what a competent speaker knows about the meaning of the sentence.

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