Statement and Referent

Statement and Referent : An Inquiry into the Foundations of Our Conceptual Order

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There are in this volume sentences written as long ago/ as 1957. What was then projected as the third part of a modest discussion of then current issues has, through some fifteen revisions, now expanded into its own three parts. Of the project as originally conceived, the first part, itself grown too large, was published (prematurely, I now believe) in 1965 (Stratification of Behaviour). The second part, which was to be on language proper, was abandoned around 1967; such materials on language as I need for the present work are now mostly compressed into Chapter 1, with some scatterings retained in Chapters 2 and 14. My scheme discovered problems with which I have been much preoccupied. I have been less enjoyably delayed by missteps. Additions were put on and the renovations have been incessant. Even in the course of my ultimate revisions, I ran into slippery stretches and soft spots I could only gesture at repairing. But now time is running out and my energy is ebbing, and I must allow the work to come to its conclusion, with reservations certainly and not without a sense of despair. If the reception of this volume warrants, the two following parts will be wound up in what I hope may be fairly short order.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 100 pages
  • 152 x 223 x 31.75mm | 890g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1952 ed.
  • VIII, 100 p.
  • 079231803X
  • 9780792318033

Table of contents

Part I: Statements are Products of Assertion. Introduction. 1. Behavioral and Linguistic Preliminaries. 2. Assertion. Appendix A: Four Other Theories of Judgement. Appendix B: Constatives, Propositions and Explanation. Appendix C: Knowledge, Information, Access, Certainty and Inquiry: Preliminaries to a Rational Epistemology. 3. Statements and their Criteria. Appendix D: Intensional Logic: a Fragment. Part II: Statement-Form and Syngategormata Background and Program. 5. Proto-Criteria. Appendix E: Extension of the Formal Representation to Proto-Criteria. 6. Existence. 7. Individuality. 8. Inherence and Predication. 9. Impressions of Distinctness and Identity. 10. Separation and Distinctness. 11. Identity. 12. Delimination and Generality. 13. On the Characterization of Predicables. 14. Statement-Form. Appendix F: Equivalence of Forms and the Validation of Predicate Logic. Part III: Categories, Referents and Constructions, with Special Attention to Things met with in Space and Time. 15. Metaphysical Categories and Departments of Language. 16. Constructions. 17. Bodies. 18. Surfaces and Body-Boundaries. 19. Visibilia. 20. Preliminary Speculations over Space and Time. 21. Preliminaries for Geometry and Hypothetical Determinations of Space. 22. On the Temporal Ordering of Happenings. Appendix G: Of Time and Tense. 23. Constructions in Space and Time. 24.Bodies are Basic: A Conceptualistic Materialism. Index of Names. Topical Index and Glossary.
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