Thu Jan 26, 2012
Howison Library, 4–6 PM
Jane Friedman (University of Toronto)
Question-Directed States of Mind
In this talk I will argue that there is a class of mental states that have questions, rather than propositions as contents. I start by drawing on some discussions of attitude verbs that embed only interrogative complements (and not declarative ones): wonder, inquire, investigate, and others. I argue that when we think about the states of mind that these verbs pick out, we’ll find that we should be thinking of them as genuinely question-directed attitudes and not as propositional attitudes. Throughout, I explore some descriptive and normative features of these question-directed states of mind.