Force, Content, and the Unity of the Proposition
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This volume advances discussions between critics and defenders of the force-content distinction and opens new ways of thinking about force and speech acts in relation to the unity problem.
The force-content dichotomy has shaped the philosophy of language and mind since the time of Frege and Russell. Isn’t it obvious that, for example, the clauses of a conditional are not asserted and must therefore be something forceless only asserted through a proposition? Recently some philosophers have begun questioning this line of argument. How can a proposition be a unified truth-value bearer rather than just a mere list of words? They argue that the forceful act of a subject takes a position about how things are. The essays in this book address a variety of positions related to this lively debate.
Force, Content, and the Unity of the Proposition will be of interest to researchers working in philosophy of language, philosophical logic, philosophy of mind, and linguistics.
Table of Contents
Introduction Gabriele M. Mras and Michael Schmitz
Part I: Force, Content, and Unity
1. Force and Content Charles Travis
2. Force, Mood, and the Unity of the Proposition Maria van der Schaar
3. Concept, Truth and the Unity of the Proposition Gabriele M. Mras
4. Force, Content, and the Varieties of Unity Michael Schmitz
Part II: Force and Cancellation
5. The Varieties of Cancellation Peter Hanks
6. Entertaining as Simulation François Recanati
7. Force Cancellation and Force Liberation Eleni Manolakaki
Part III: Force, Content, Truth, and Satisfaction
8. Global Expressivism and the Puzzle of Truth-Apt Sentences Stephen Barker
9. Preliminaries for a Speech-Act Theory of Imperative Content Christopher Hom and Jeremy Schwartz
10. Force, Content and Translucent Self-Ascriptions Mitch Green
11. On a Neglected Fregean Motive for Distinguishing Between Content and Force Mark Textor
12. Truthmaking, Satisfaction and the Force-Content Distinction Friederike Moltmann
Gabriele M. Mras is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Economics, Vienna, Austria
Michael Schmitz received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna, Austria. He is the author of Collective Intentionality (2021) in the Routledge New Problems of Philosophy series.