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The nature of propositions: reply to Jairo José da Silva


Proposition. Truth. Falsity. Possibility. Counterfactual conditional

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CHATEAUBRIAND, Oswaldo. The nature of propositions: reply to Jairo José da Silva. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 27, n. 1, p. 147–157, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 27 maio. 2024.


In §1 I reply to Jairo’s objections to my account of truth and falsity showing that my account of falsity does not imply that false sentences refer to something. In §2 I argue that Jairo’s main objection to my account of propositions as abstract properties is based on a misunderstanding concerning the purpose of this account. In §3 I examine Jairo’s suggestion that contradictory sentences can be said to describe possible states of affairs.


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