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2.7h. Concept Possession (Concept Possession on PhilPapers)

Lawlor, Krista (2007). A notional worlds approach to confusion. Mind and Language 22 (2):150–172.   (Google | More links)
Abstract: People often become confused, mistaking one thing for another, or taking two things to be the same. How should we assign semantic values to confused statements? Recently, philosophers have taken a pessimistic view of confusion, arguing that understanding confused belief demands significant departure from our normal interpretive practice. I argue for optimism. Our semantic treatment of confusion can be a lot like our semantic treatment of empty names. Surprisingly, perhaps, the resulting semantics lets us keep in place more of our everyday interpretive practices in the face of confused belief