Latitudinarianism (philosophy)

Latitudinarianism (philosophy)

Latitudinarianism, in at least one area of contemporary philosophy, is a position concerning "de dicto" and "de re" (propositional) attitudes. Latitudinarians think that "de re" attitudes are not a category distinct from "de dicto" attitudes; the former are just a special case of the latter.

The term was introduced into discussions of "de dicto" and "de re" attitudes by Roderick Chisholm in his "Knowledge and Belief: 'De Dicto' and 'De Re'" (1976). Latitudinarianism has since also sometimes been called an "unrestricted exportation" view.

References and further reading

* Baker, Lynne Rudder (1982). "De Re Belief in Action" "The Philosophical Review", Vol. 91, No. 3, pp. 363-387.
* Chisholm, Roderick (1976). "Knowledge and Belief: 'De Dicto' and 'De Re'" "Philosophical Studies" 29, pp. 1-20.
* Sosa, Ernest (1995). "Fregean Reference Defended" "Philosophical Issues", Vol. 6, Content, pp. 91-99.
* Quine, W.V. (1956). "Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes" "Journal of Philosophy" 53. Reprinted in Quine's "Ways of Paradox"(1976), pp. 185–196.

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