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Title: Ascriptions in context / An Experimental Study on the Context-sensitivity of Belief Reports
Author: Pérez Pérez, Laura Natalia
Director/Tutor: Martí, Genoveva
Keywords: Teoria del coneixement
Creença i dubte
Contextualisme (Filosofia)
Theory of knowledge
Belief and doubt
Contextualism (Philosophy)
Issue Date: 5-Oct-2012
Publisher: Universitat de Barcelona
Abstract: In this dissertation I study and empirically test whether belief attributions are context-sensitive, i.e., whether the truth value of a belief report of the form ‘A believes that S’ is sensitive to contextual parameters. More specifically, I examine whether the Referential Knowledge that the Audience possesses (that is, whether the hearer of a report is familiar with the name employed in it) and/or the Stakes for the agent at the time of attribution, affect patterns of attribution in a way such that the variation in them causes that a single report be correctly made in one context but not in other while nothing in the mental state of the agent has changed. To this end, I designed original experimental material and tested it on several samples of undergraduates at the Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I here make an analysis of methodological approaches in empiric testing of some philosophical matters and offer considerations about experimentation on belief ascriptions in particular. I conclude the data gathered supports the hypothesis that there are contextualist patterns of belief attribution as regards the Referential Knowledge of the Audience parameter, but not for the Stakes variable.
Appears in Collections:Tesis Doctorals - Departament - Lògica, Història i Filosofia de la Ciència

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