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Being ForEvaluating the Semantic Program of Expressivism$
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Mark Schroeder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534654.001.0001

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Assigning Truth‐Conditions

Assigning Truth‐Conditions

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(p.120) 9 Assigning Truth‐Conditions
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Being For
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Mark Schroeder (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534654.003.0009

This chapter shows that the new negation problem generalizes, and that biforcated attitude semantics does not, in general, assign complex descriptive sentences to mental states that are commitment-equivalent to beliefs in the corresponding complex descriptive contents, creating a problem for how to assign truth condition to complex descriptive sentences. Nevertheless, it is argued that given certain possibly defensible assumptions, every complex descriptive sentence will express a mental state that commits to the belief in the corresponding complex descriptive content, and hence that truth-conditions can be assigned to complex descriptive sentences in this way. This is proven in an appendix to the chapter.

Keywords:   new negation problem, descriptive contents, complex descriptive sentences

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