Propositions and Multiple Indexing

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It is argued that propositions cannot be the compositional semantic values of sentences (in context) simply due to issues stemming from the compositional semantics of modal operators (or modal quantifiers). In particular, the fact that the arguments for double indexing generalize to multiple indexing exposes a fundamental tension in the default philosophical conception of semantic theory. This provides further motivation for making a distinction between two sentential semantic contents---what (Dummett 1973) called ingredient sensetextquotedblright and assertoric contenttextquotedblright
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-124
Number of pages9
JournalThought: A Journal of Philosophy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


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