Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 2 (4):313-323 (2013)

Lorraine Juliano Keller
Saint Joseph's University of Pennsylvania
John A. Keller
Saint Joseph's University of Pennsylvania
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
Keywords Russell  compositionality  numerals  Frege  structured propositions  propositions
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DOI 10.1002/tht3.102
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