The Proposition in Terms of Belief

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In ‘On Propositions: What They Are and How They Mean’ (1919), Russell foresaw a way of approaching the problem of defining the proposition and of determining its ontological status that we have not yet discussed. The paper opens with the following statement: “A proposition may be defined as: What we believe when we believe truly or fasely”.1 Several contemporary philosophers have preceded or followed Russell along this path full of obstacles.


True Belief Intentional State Propositional Attitude Intentional Object Mental Entity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyState University of LiègeBelgium

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