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Making up your mind: how language enables self-knowledge, self-knowability and personhood

Pettit, Philip


If language is to serve the basic purpose of communicating our attitudes, we must be constructed so as to form beliefs in those propositions that we truthfully assert on the basis of careful assent. Thus, other things being equal, I can rely on believing those things to which I give my careful assent. And so my ability to assent or dissent amounts to an ability to make up my mind about what I believe. This capacity, in tandem with a similar capacity in respect of other attitudes, supports three...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: European Journal of Philosophy
DOI: 10.1111/ejop.12137


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