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Computational Models Of Beliefs and The Semantics Of Belief-Sentences

by Moore, Robert C. and Hendrix, Gary G.

Technical Note 187
Institution: AI Center, SRI International
Address: 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Jun 1979.

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Abstract

This paper considers a number of problems in the semantics of belief sentences from the perspective of computational models of the psychology of belief. We present a semantic interpretation for belief sentences and show how this interpretation overcomes some of the difficulties of alternative approaches, especially those based on possible-world semantics. Finally, we argue that these difficulties arise from a mistaken attempt to identify the truth conditions of a sentence with what a competent speaker knows about the meaning of the sentence.

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