What is a singular proposition?

Ephraim Glick

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Abstract

An account of the distinction between singular and general propositions should reflect the core ideas that have motivated the distinction. Those core ideas can be appreciated independently of many commitments regarding the metaphysics of propositions, but theorists with differing views on the latter have given quite different explanations of what it is for a proposition to be singular or general. Many of those explanations turn out not to reflect the core ideas adequately after all, either by misclassifying certain propositions or by failing to be sufficiently informative. A more satisfactory account can be formulated by more directly elaborating on the background ideas motivating the distinction. The resulting account not only does better than its competitors, but is compatible with various views on the metaphysics of propositions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1067
JournalMind
Volume127
Issue number508
Early online date7 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Singular proposition
  • Language
  • Meaning
  • Content
  • Aboutness

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