Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Objects of Thought$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

A. N. Prior, P. T. Geach, and A. J. P. Kenny

Print publication date: 1971

Print ISBN-13: 9780198243540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243540.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 December 2018

The Objects of Commands and Questions

The Objects of Commands and Questions

(p.65) 5 The Objects of Commands and Questions
Objects of Thought

A. N. Prior

Oxford University Press

The reasons which were originally given for believing that indicative sentences ‘mean’ or ‘express’ certain real but abstract objects called propositions, may be exactly paralleled by arguments for believing that imperative and interrogative sentences mean or express certain other real but abstract objects which we could call respectively ‘objective commands’ and ‘objective questions’. This chapter argues that the parallels between what can be done with indicative sentences and what can be done with imperative sentences break down at crucial points. It discusses how Ramsey reductions yield no objectivity with commands, the reduction of objectivity of commands to objectivity of propositions, objective questions, the need for question-variables, and objective questions as entailed facts.

Keywords:   indicative sentence, imperative sentence, Ramsey, objective commands, objective questions

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .