Compositionality and Structured Propositions

Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 2 (4):313-323 (2013)
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In this article, we evaluate the Compositionality Argument for structured propositions. This argument hinges on two seemingly innocuous and widely accepted premises: the Principle of Semantic Compositionality and Propositionalism (the thesis that sentential semantic values are propositions). We show that the Compositionality Argument presupposes that compositionality involves a form of building, and that this metaphysically robust account of compositionality is subject to counter-example: there are compositional representational systems that this principle cannot accommodate. If this is correct, one of the most important arguments for structured propositions is undermined



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Lorraine Juliano Keller
Saint Joseph's University of Pennsylvania
John A. Keller
Saint Joseph's University of Pennsylvania

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The nature and structure of content.Jeffrey C. King - 2007 - New York: Oxford University Press.
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