1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Propositions

Edited By Chris Tillman, Adam Murray Copyright 2023
    568 Pages
    by Routledge

    568 Pages
    by Routledge

    Propositions are routinely invoked by philosophers, linguists, logicians, and other theorists engaged in the study of meaning, communication, and the mind. To investigate the nature of propositions is to investigate the very nature of our connection to each other, and to the world around us. As one of the only volumes of its kind, The Routledge Handbook of Propositions provides a comprehensive overview of the philosophy of propositions, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Comprising 33 original chapters by an international team of scholars, the volume addresses both traditional and emerging questions concerning the nature of propositions, and our capacity to engage with them in thought and in communication. The chapters are clearly organized into the following three sections:

    I. Foundational Issues in the Theory of Propositions

    II. Historical Theories of Propositions

    III. Contemporary Theories of Propositions

    Essential reading for philosophers of language and mind, and for those working in neighboring areas, The Routledge Handbook of Propositions is suitable for upper-level undergraduate study, as well as graduate and professional research.

    Adam Russell Murray and Chris Tillman

    Part I: Foundational Issues in the Theory of Propositions

    1. The Linguistic Basis for Propositions
    Peter van Elswyk

    2. Propositions, Posits, and States of Affairs
    Mark Richard

    3. Instrumentalism about Structured Propositions
    Ori Simchen

    Part II: Historical Theories of Propositions

    4. Ancient Theories of Propositions
    Dimitrios Dentsoras

    5. Medieval Theories of Propositions: Ockham and the Later Medieval Debate
    Susan C. Brower-Toland

    6. Lockean Propositions
    Lewis Powell

    7. Kant, Propositions, and Non-Fundamental Metaphysics
    Damian Melamedoff-Vosters

    8. Bolzano’s Theory of Satz an sich
    Sandra Lapointe

    9. Frege on Thoughts
    Mark Textor

    10. Russell on Propositions
    Dominic Alford-Duguid and Fatema Amijee

    Part III: Contemporary Theories and Further Issues

    11. Propositions as (Flexible) Types of Possibilities
    Nate Charlow

    12. Truthmaker Accounts of Propositions
    Mark Jago

    13. Syntactically Structured Propositions
    Jeffrey C. King

    14. Propositions as Interpreted Abstracta
    Thomas Hodgson

    15. The View of Propositions as Types of Actions
    Peter Hanks

    16. Cognitive Propositions: Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Empirical Adequacy
    Scott Soames

    17. Propositions as Cambridge Properties
    Jeff Speaks

    18. Why 0-Adic Relations Have Truth Conditions: Essence, Ground, and Non-Hylomorphic Russellian Propositions
    Cody Gilmore

    19. Propositions without Parts
    Lorraine Juliano Keller

    20. Hylomorphic Propositions
    Ben Caplan, Chris Tillman, and Eileen Nutting

    21. Temporal Propositions and Our Attitudes toward the Past and the Future
    Berit Brogaard

    22. Frege's Other Puzzle: Relativity in Propositional Content
    Stephen Schiffer

    23. Propositions and Attitudes De Se
    Neil Feit

    24. Propositional Dependence and Perspectival Shift
    Adam Russell Murray

    25. Attitudinal Objects and Propositions
    Friederike Moltmann

    26. Propositions as Objects of the Attitudes
    Ray Buchanan and Alex Grzankowski

    27. The Varieties of Gappy Propositions
    Seyed N. Mousavian

    28. Plenitudinous Russellianism
    Joshua Spencer

    29. Semantic Relationism
    Chulmin Yoon

    30. Propositions and Questions
    David Braun

    31. The Propositional Benacerraf Problem
    Jesse J. Fitts

    32. Reference, Propositions, and the World
    Richard Gaskin

    33. Propositional Paradox
    Harry Deutsch


    Adam Russell Murray is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manitoba. He works primarily in metaphysics and the philosophy of language.

    Chris Tillman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manitoba. His research interests include metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophical logic, and philosophy of art.