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The Construction of Logical Space$
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Agustín Rayo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199662623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662623.001.0001

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Language and Metaphysics

Language and Metaphysics

(p.2) (p.3) 1 Language and Metaphysics
The Construction of Logical Space

Agustín Rayo

Oxford University Press

The chapter makes a case for the view that a ‘just is’-statement such as ‘for the number of the dinosaurs to be Zero just is for there to be no dinosaurs’ should not be rejected on general linguistic or metaphysical grounds. The core of the chapter is a defense of a conception of language labeled ‘compositionalim’, according to which language involving object-talk is attractive insofar as it enables us to give a recursive specification of truth-conditions for a class of sentences rich in expressive power, but not because it has some additional virtue. The chapter concludes by arguing that compositionalism does not lead to an unattractive metaphysics.

Keywords:   reference, compositionalism, realism, language, metaphysics, Gottlob Frege, metaphysical structure

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