Belief and its linguistic expression: towards a belief box account of first-person authority

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In this paper I characterize the problem of first-person authority as it confronts the proponent of the belief box conception of belief, and I develop the groundwork for a belief box account of that authority. If acceptable, the belief box account calls into question (by undermining a popular motivation for) the thesis that first-person authority is not to be traced to a truth-tracking relation between first-person opinions themselves and the beliefs which they are about.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515080120109423

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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