Propositional Content by Peter Hanks

Propositional Content

byPeter Hanks

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Peter Hanks defends a new theory about the nature of propositional content. According to this theory, the basic bearers of representational properties are particular mental or spoken actions. Propositions are types of these actions, which we use to classify and individuate our attitudes andspeech acts. Hanks abandons several key features of the traditional Fregean conception of propositional content, including the idea that propositions are the primary bearers of truth-conditions, the distinction between content and force, and the concept of entertainment. The main difficulty for thistraditional conception is the problem of the unity of the proposition, the problem of explaining how propositions have truth conditions and other representational properties. The new theory developed here, in its place, explains the unity of propositions and provides new solutions to a long list of puzzles and problems in philosophy of language.

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Peter Hanks is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. His research is in philosophy of language and the history of analytic philosophy.
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Title:Propositional ContentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.78 inPublished:July 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Three pictures of content2. The problem of the unity of the proposition3. Predication and unity4. Cancellation and the content-force distinction5. Proper names and types of reference acts6. Empty names7. Propositional attitude reports8. First-person propositions9. Asking and orderingConclusionReferencesIndex