A Matter of Attitude. The Semantics of Attitude Ascriptions from the Perspectives of Linguistics and Philosophy
The workshop brought together philosophical and linguistic perspectives on attitude ascriptions.
Attitude ascriptions are fascinating in so far as they reveal the capacity of human beings to describe, discuss and reflect upon the beliefs, hopes and desires of others. To achieve this, they have to involve representations for concrete or imagined circumstances and their parts as they are given to the speaker, to the addressee and to the attitude subject that is being talked about.
Given current tendencies in linguistics and philosophy we were especially interested in how attitude reports are influenced by contextual settings (e.g., previous discourse, shared information, intentions of the interlocutors) and how this is to be captured in a systematic way.