Propositions and Multiple Indexing

Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 1 (2):116-124 (2012)
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Brian Rabern
University of Edinburgh
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It is argued that propositions cannot be the compositional semantic values of sentences (in context) simply due to issues stemming from the compositional semantics of modal operators (or modal quantifiers). In particular, the fact that the arguments for double indexing generalize to multiple indexing exposes a fundamental tension in the default philosophical conception of semantic theory. This provides further motivation for making a distinction between two sentential semantic contents—what (Dummett 1973) called “ingredient sense” and “assertoric content”.
Keywords propositions  multiple indexing  double indexing  two-dimensionalism  operator argument  compositionality  modals  ingredient sense  assertoric content  semantic values
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DOI 10.1002/tht3.16
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