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ERIC Number: ED530417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 192
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Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1094-1023-5
Truth-Conditionally Inert Aspects of Content
Gordon, David A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Princeton University
Against a background of disagreement about what sorts of things linguistic contents are, many philosophers of language share the assumption that they're cut only as finely as the conditions under which they are true. This includes many theorists who would reject the program known as "truth-conditional semantics". I argue that this point of widespread agreement is mistaken. Among the constituents of contents are elements that are truth-conditionally inert. They play no role whatsoever in determining what it is for the (simple, unembedded) content to be true. Yet these elements are cognitively significant in that they do play a role in what it is to bear psychological attitudes to these contents. Attitudes like belief can play just as much of a role as truth in individuating contents. Recognizing truth-conditionally inert aspects of content has implications well beyond the philosophy of language: it turns out that two important arguments in the metaphysics of time rely on there not being such aspects of content. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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