Deflating the many attitudes problem

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Attitudinal embeddings, such as ‘I hope that murder is wrong’ or ‘she is glad that eating meat is not wrong’ are a less substantial problem for expressivists than is standardly thought. If expressivists are entitled to talk of normative beliefs, they can explain what it is to for an attitude to be semantically related to a normative content in terms of being functionally related to a belief with a normative content.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberpqab011
JournalThe Philosophical Quarterly
Early online date19 Mar 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Mar 2021

Bibliographical note

The research appearing in this paper was fully funded by a General Research Fund grant from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong SAR, China (Grant number LU13601218).


  • expressivism
  • quasirealism
  • Frege-Geach problem
  • many attitudes problem


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