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Day, J.P.
March 1998
Ethical Theory & Moral Practice;Mar1998, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p121
Academic Journal
The article presents the authors perspective on Hope and Fear. Belief is a propositional attitude which has received much more attention from philosophers than Hope or Fear. The first essential point to note here is that Hope and Fear are inseparable propositional attitudes. The second essential point to note is that there is an important difference between Hope and Fear, in that Fear is an emotion as well as a propositional attitude, whereas Hope is only a propositional attitude. I quite agree that hoping-that and fearing-that are to be analysed in terms of Belief, Desire and Subjective Probability, meaning by the last the degree of probability which the subject of a probability-judgment, A, believes that the object of that judgment, P, possesses.


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