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de dicto

(ˈdeɪˈdɪktəʊ)
adj
(Logic) logic philosophy relating to the expression of a belief, possibility, etc, rather than to the individuals mentioned, as in the number of the planets is the number of satellites of the sun, the truth of which is independent of what number that is. Compare de re See also Electra paradox
[literally: about the saying]
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Moral motivation is a motivation to do the right thing, but as Michael Smith has pointed out, "the right thing" is ambiguous--it can be read both de dicto and de re.
Thus, while arguing that de dicto accounts of desire are always inadequate (i.e., desire must be identified in terms of how the person conceives the object or action), and that de re accounts are better (i.e., desire is identified without regard to the agent's conceptions of the object or action), she defends a 'Dominance' theory of desire.
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Jaegwon Kim ("Chisholm on Intentionality: De Se, De Dicto, and De Re") criticizes Chisholm's attempt to establish de se reference as primary and irreducible.