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On the nature of the proposition


Chateaubriand. Propositions. States-of-affairs. Meaningfulness. Possibility

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SILVA, Jairo José da. On the nature of the proposition. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 27, n. 1, p. 141–146, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 16 jul. 2024.


I present here my criticism of Chateaubriand’s account of propositions as having an identifying character with respect to reality. I claim that (meaningful) propositions are better understood as pictures of possible states-of-affairs, and that this account is more natural considering the acts of judgment that are at the origin of propositions. I also present a possible way of understanding the notion of a possible state-of-affairs that takes care of the seemingly absurd case of necessarily false, but meaningful propositions (such as false mathematical propositions).


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