New Thinking about Propositions

New Thinking about Propositions

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Philosophy (especially philosophy of language and philosophy of mind), science (especially linguistics and cognitive science), and common sense all sometimes make reference to propositions-understood as the things we believe and say, and the things which are (primarily) true or false. There is, however, no widespread agreement about what sorts of things these entities are. In New Thinking about Propositions, Jeffrey C. King, Scott Soames, and Jeff Speaks
argue that commitment to propositions is indispensable, and that traditional accounts of propositions are inadequate. They each then defend their own views of the nature of propositions.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162 x 237 x 23mm | 568g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199693765
  • 9780199693764
  • 1,152,306

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Here are three different philosophers, each defending a different view about the nature of propositions, criticizing each other's positions, and responding to these criticisms. The three philosophers are all extremely good, each of the three views is deeply interesting, the criticisms are sharp and perceptive, and the responses are clever and persuasive. Over the course of the book I was pulled in all three directions and back again multiple times ... It made for
exciting reading. * Peter Hanks, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * Overall, the book is a splendid contribution to the field, and does genuinely offer 'new thinking' about the perennially problematic status of propositions. * The Philosophical Quarterly *
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About Jeffrey C. King

Jeffrey C. King is Professor II and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is the author of Complex Demonstratives: A Quantificational Account (MIT Press, 2001), and The Nature and Structure of Content (Clarendon Press, 2007).

Scott Soames is Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he taught for twenty-four years at Princeton University before moving to Southern California. He is the author of several books in the philosophy of language and the history of analytic philosophy.

Jeff Speaks is Rev. John A. O'Brien Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several articles in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind.
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