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Propositional Content

Peter Hanks


This book defends a new theory about the nature of propositional content. According to this theory, the basic bearers of representational properties are particular mental or spoken actions. Propositions are types of these actions, which we use to classify and individuate our attitudes and speech acts. This theory abandons several key features of the traditional Fregean conception of propositional content, including the idea that propositions are the primary bearers of truth conditions, the distinction between content and force, and the concept of entertainment. The main difficulty for this tra ... More

Keywords: philosophy of language, propositional content, propositions, unity of the proposition, representation, Fregean conception of propositional content, truth conditions, distinction between content and force, entertainment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Hanks, author
University of Minnesota