|Belief, philosophy: attitude of considering a sentence to be true. Unlike religious faith belief is linked to the assessment of probabilities. See also belief, religious belief, propositional attitudes, intensions, probability, belief degrees.|
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Meaning holism/belief/Lewis/Fodor/Lepore: If, according to Lewis thesis, blief prevails over over the attribution of the intentional, then it must itself be holistic. - If meaning holism is to follow, the following would have to be assumed, for example: Def thesis of the primacy of belief/Lewis. Thesis: the conditions of intentional attribution contain the conditions for belief attribution. Therefore, if the former is holistic, so must also be the latter. - SH/Fodor/Lepore: we concede that the semantic holism might follow from this thesis. ((s) belief holism seems plausible).
Belief holism does not lead to content holism, because content can be contradictory.
Belief/Davidson: Thesis: centrality of belief: no propositional attitude without some beliefs - Fodor/Lepore Vs: you can wish for this and that without believing this and that - SH stronger: only semantically evaluable (t/f) states can be propositional attitudes - Belief/Hume/Fodor/Lepore: no connection between mental images (not t/f) and semantics (t/f) - orthogonal: Belief properties: strength, vitality/representation: properties ultimately geometric - i.e. the truth conditions are completely independent of the causal role.
Holism/Davidson: the fact that most beliefs are true implies that they are also coherent. - New: also vice versa! -> Holism: - New: the interpreter cannot discover that the speaker is wrong in most utterances - He can only interpret the sentences that are caused by events and objects of the external world .
Beliefs/RI/Davidson: most of them are true: if true, causes ipso facto. - ( in the light of the interpreter!) - Fodor/Lepore Vs: truth conditions for a sentence must not be identified with the currently prevailing truth conditions!
J. Fodor/E. Lepore
Holism Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992