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Direct Belief: An Essay on the Semantics, Pragmatics, and Metaphysics of Belief

Mouton Series in Pragmatics, 13. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 2012.

Jonathan Berg argues for the Theory of Direct Belief, which treats having a belief about an individual as an unmediated relation between the believer and the individual the belief is about. After a critical review of alternative positions, Berg uses Grice's theory of conversational implicature to provide a detailed pragmatic account of substitution failure in belief ascriptions and goes on to defend this view against objections, including those based on an unwarranted "Inner Speech" Picture of Thought. The work serves as a case study in pragmatic explanation, dealing also with methodological issues about context-sensitivity in language and the relation between semantics and pragmatics.

Naming, Necessity and More: Explorations in the Philosophical Work of Saul Kripke
Ed., Jon​athan Berg. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.


Saul Kripke's Naming and Necessity was one of the most influential philosophical works of the twentieth century. In this collection of essays leading specialists explore issues arising from this and other works of Kripke's.

Applied Logic: A Guide to the Principles of Argument
(In Hebrew)  Jerusalem: Israel Ministry of Education and Branco Weiss Institute, 1998.


We live in a world of arguments, and applied logic helps us deal with them. The main goal of this book is to develop the reader's capacity to engage in the give-and-take of reasons, by improving the ability to identify arguments in natural contexts, to interpret them, and to evaluate them.

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