Rigidification and attitudes

Bryan Pickel*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Scott Soames has argued that Rigidified Descriptivism wrongly predicts that one cannot believe, say, that Joe Strummer was born in 1952 without having a belief about the actual world. Soames suggests that agents in other possible worlds may have this belief, but may lack any beliefs about the actual world, a world that they do not occupy and have no contact with. I respond that this argument extends to other popular actuality-involving analyses. In order for Soames to hold on to his argument against Rigidified Descriptivism, he must provide alternatives to these analyses. I argue that there is reason to think that these alternatives are not forthcoming, so Soames should surrender his argument against Rigidified Descriptivism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-58
Number of pages16
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Volume158
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Attitude ascriptions
  • Rigidified Descriptivism
  • Modality
  • Indexicals

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