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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

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The Objects of Commands and Questions

The Objects of Commands and Questions

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243540.003.0005

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

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