Propositions, Structure and Representation

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 112 (3pt3):339-349 (2012)
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Neo-Russellian theories of structured propositions face challenges to do with both representation and structure which are sometimes called the problem of unity and the Benacerraf problem. In §i, I set out the problems and Jeffrey King's solution, which I take to be the best of its type, as well as an unfortunate consequence for that solution. In §§ii–iii, I diagnose what is going wrong with this line of thought. If I am right, it follows that the Benacerraf problem cannot be used to motivate the view that propositions are irreducible elements of our ontology.



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