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References and further reading

  • Armstrong, D.M. (1973) Belief, Truth and Knowledge, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (Detailed development of the map theory that takes off from F. P. Ramsey’s idea.)

  • Fodor, J. (1987) Psychosemantics, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (The appendix contains a very readable defence of LOTH by one of its major proponents.)

  • Hume, D. (1739–40) A Treatise of Human Nature, ed. L.A. Selby-Bigge, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1888.

    (The Treatise is a classic widely available in many editions and is the standard source for the ‘pale imitation of experience’ view of belief, pretty much passed over in this entry.)

  • Lewis, D. (1994) ‘Reduction of Mind’, in S. Guttenplan (ed.) A Companion to Philosophy of Mind, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (Compares the map view to the language of thought view in detail.)

  • Quine, W.V. (1960) Word and Object, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (Detailed, sympathetic discussion of whether belief should be thought of as ‘believing-true’ some linguistic item. Relates the discussion to the distinction between belief de dicto and belief de re not touched on in this entry.)

  • Ramsey, F.P. (1931) The Foundations of Mathematics, London: Kegan Paul.

    (Classic source of the view of belief as a map by which we steer, and of treatments of degree of belief in terms of betting behaviour.)

  • Ryle, G. (1949) The Concept of Mind, London: Hutchinson.

    (Classic exposition of behaviourism about belief.)

  • Stalnaker, R.C. (1984) Inquiry, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (One of the most detailed discussions of whether belief is closed under entailment, along with two matters not touched on in this entry: treatments of what a subject believes in terms of where in the set of possibilities believers take themselves to be located, and the relation between belief and acceptance.)

Citing this article:
Jackson, Frank and David Braddon-Mitchell. Bibliography. Belief, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-V006-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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