Research Programs: Summer Stipends

Period of Performance

6/1/2004 - 8/31/2004

Funding Totals

$5,000.00 (approved)
$5,000.00 (awarded)

The Logic and Semantics of Attribution of Mental States Towards Objects

FAIN: FT-52239-04

Graeme Robertson Forbes
Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)

I investigate the logic and semantics of attributions of mental states towards objects. Examples include wanting a specific bicycle for your birthday, looking for a specific person, fearing a specific enemy, and imagining a specific landmark (e.g. the Eiffel Tower). The main probems arise in accounting for cases where the same verbs are used but there is no specific object towards which the attitude is directed: wanting a bicycle for your birthday, looking for a policeman, imagining a tower, but in each case, no specific one.

Associated Products

Attitude Problems (Book)
Title: Attitude Problems
Author: Graeme Forbes
Abstract: Investigates the logic and semantics of intensional transitive verbs. Argues that an approach based on event-semantics has the best prospects of explaining the characteristic and puzzling behavior of these verbs.
Year: 2006
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Oxford University Press page for the book
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: Page on my own website
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 0-19-927494-0


Kayden Book Award (runner up)
Date: 5/1/2008
Organization: College of Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder