Propositions : Semantic and Ontological Issues

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This special issue of GPS collects 11 papers (and a long introduction), by leading philosophers and young researchers, which tackle more or less from close the topic of propositions by trying to provide the reader with a cross-section of the ongoing debate in this area. The raised issues range over the semantics, the ontology, the epistemology, and the philosophy of mathematics and stimulate the reader to reflect on crucial problems such as the following: are propositions objects? In the positive case, what kind of objects are they? Can they be grasped by cognitive creatures such as we are? When can we say that two people entertain the same proposition? Have propositions any role to play in speech act theory? Even though the notion of proposition has received considerable attention in the past philosophical debate, it is still of great interest, in particular in connection with the attacks which have recently been launched against it in the theory of language. The volume, which is equipped with a long and detailed introduction that supplies the young reader with useful background information on the different stances in the debate, could prove useful also for didactic purposes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 150 x 220mm | 463g
  • Editions Rodopi B.V.
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9042021942
  • 9789042021945

Table of contents

Massimiliano CARRARA & Elisabetta SACCHI: Propositions. An Introduction
Kevin MULLIGAN: Ascent, Propositions and Other Formal Objects
Eva PICARDI: Colouring, Multiple Propositions, and Assertoric Content
Elisabetta SACCHI: Fregean Propositions and Their Graspability
Pierdaniele GIARETTA: Numbers, Reference and Russellian Propositions
Marco SANTAMBROGIO: On the Sameness of the Thoughts. Substitutional Quantifiers, Tense, and Belief
Andrea IACONA: True In a Sense
Marina SBISA: Speech Acts Without Propositions?
Alberto VOLTOLINI: How to Get a Non-Intensionalist, Propositional, Moderately Realist Truthconditional Account of Internal Metafictional Sentences
Enrico MARTINO: Fictional Propositions and the Unprovability of Consistency
Vittorio MORATO: Propositions and Necessary Existence
Ernesto NAPOLI: Negation
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