Structured propositions and the logical form of predication View Full Text


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DATE

2019-04

AUTHORS

Gary Ostertag

ABSTRACT

Jeffrey King, Scott Soames, and others have recently challenged the familiar identification of a Russellian proposition, such as the proposition that Brutus stabbed Caesar, with an ordered sequence constructed out of objects, properties, and relations. There is, as they point out, a surplus of candidate sequences available that are each equally serviceable. If so, any choice among these candidates will be arbitrary. In this paper, I show that, unless a controversial assumption is made regarding the nature of nonsymmetrical relations, none of the proffered candidate sequences are in fact adequate to the play the role. Moreover, as I argue, the most promising alternative theory of relations—one that avoids the problematic assumption and, in addition, fits most naturally into the sequentialist’s framework—fails to meet a basic requirement: it cannot distinguish between the proposition that Brutus stabbed Caesar and the proposition that Caesar stabbed Brutus. The upshot is that the conspicuously structured entities that are widely assumed to be up to the task of “playing the proposition role” shed no light on the very structure they are invoked to represent. More... »

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1475-1499

References to SciGraph publications

  • 2001-05. Propositions and the Objects of Thought in PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES
  • 2016-09. Cognitive propositions in PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES
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    Synthese

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    4

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    196

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