1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Propositions

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ISBN 9781138282940
March 15, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
480 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Adam Russell Murray and Chris Tillman

Part I: 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: Realism about 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. Propositions in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason
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 of Propositions

11. Montague Propositions
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
Scott Soames

17. Propositions as Cambridge Properties
Jeff Speaks

18. Why 0-adic Relations have Truth Conditions
Cody Gilmore

19. Propositions Without Parts Lorraine

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

21. Temporal Propositions
Berit Brogaard

22. Pleonastic Propositions
Stephen Schiffer

23. Attitudes De Se
Neil Feit

24. Propositional Dependence and Perspectival Shift
Adam Russell Murray

25. Attitudinal Objects
Friederike Moltmann

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

27. The Varieties of Gappy Propositions
Seyed N. Moussavian

28. Plenitudinous Russellianism
Joshua Spencer

29. Semantic Relationism
Chulmin Yoon

30. Propositions and Questions
David Braun

31. The Propositional Benacerraf Problem
Jesse Fitts

32. Reference, Propositions, and the World
Richard Gaskin

33. Propositions and Paradox
Harry Deutsch

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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.