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Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa and Benjamin W. Jarvis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661800.001.0001

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A Fregean Theory of Propositional Attitudes

A Fregean Theory of Propositional Attitudes

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(p.14) (p.15) 1 A Fregean Theory of Propositional Attitudes
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The Rules of Thought
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Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa

Benjamin W. Jarvis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661800.003.0002

This chapter outlines a theory of propositional attitudes. On this theory, propositions are individuated by their constituent concepts, which are understood as syntactic terms with semantic values. However, the semantic values in question—Fregean senses—are individuated more finely than the entities in the world that they are about. Propositions inherently and essentially stand in conclusive rational relations that individuate their Fregean senses and the Fregean senses of their constituents. For example, two propositions have the same Fregean sense if and only if they have the same conclusive rational relations. These conclusive rational relations are ones that a thinker must respect as being capable of having attitudes towards propositions. These rational relations are conclusive in the sense that only via rational compromise can defeaters for their rational commitments arise.

Keywords:   propositional attitudes, propositions, concepts, fregean sense, defeaters, rational compromise

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