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dc.contributor.authorHolton, Richarden
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-19T16:18:37Z
dc.date.available2018-11-19T16:18:37Z
dc.date.issued2017-06en
dc.identifier.issn0309-7013
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/285421
dc.description.abstractFrege begins his discussion of factives in ‘On Sense and Reference’ with an example of a purported contrafactive, that is, a verb that entails, or presupposes, the falsity of the complement sentence. But the verb he cites, ‘waehnen’, is now obsolete, and native speakers are sceptical about whether it really was a contrafactive. Despite the profusion of factive verbs, there are no clear examples of contrafactive propositional attitude verbs in English, French or German (or indeed any other Indo-European languages). This paper attempts to give an explanation of this, and to use this to shed light on the behaviour of factives more generally. The suggestion is that factive propositional attitude verbs take facts, not propositions, as the referents of their complement sentences; and that as there are no contra-facts (merely false propositions), there can be no contrafactives. This claim is also used to help explain Timothy Williamson’s observation that there is no stative propositional attitude factive that requires only belief. Various conclusions are drawn within a broadly ‘knowledge first’ approach.
dc.languageenen
dc.titleI—Facts, Factives, and Contrafactivesen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage266
prism.issueIdentifier1en
prism.publicationDate2017en
prism.publicationNameAristotelian Society Supplementary Volumeen
prism.startingPage245
prism.volume91en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.17373
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-12-20en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1093/arisup/akx003en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-06en
dc.contributor.orcidHolton, Richard [0000-0002-8116-2639]
dc.identifier.eissn1467-8349
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2017-06-28en


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