'Fido'-Fido Theories

Discipline: Philosophy

Theories which explain some concept in terms of a direct relation to an object.

The 'Fido'-Fido theory of meaning says that the meaning of a word is an object it stands for (the name 'Fido' means the dog Fido); the term is thus a nickname for a naming theory of meaning.

The 'Fido'-Fido theory of belief is an extension of this idea, and says that to have a belief is to stand in a direct relation to a proposition which one is believing.

S Schiffer, 'The "Fido"-Fido Theory of Belief, Philosophical Perspectives (1987)


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