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The A Priori-Operator and the Nesting Problem
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2016 (English)In: Thought: a journal of philosophy, ISSN 0340-6245, E-ISSN 2161-2234, Vol. 5, no 3, 169-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many expressions intuitively have different epistemic and modal profiles. For example, co-referring proper names are substitutable salva veritate in modal contexts but not in belief-contexts. Two-dimensional semantics, according to which terms have both a so-called primary and a secondary intension, is a framework that promises to accommodate and explain these diverging intuitions. The framework can be applied to indexicals, proper names or predicates. Graeme Forbes (2011) argues that the two-dimensional semantics of David Chalmers (2011) fails to account for so-called nested contexts. These are linguistic contexts where a sentence is embedded under both epistemic and modal operators. Chalmers and Rabern (2014) suggest a two-dimensional solution to the problem. Their semantics solves the nesting-problem, but at the cost of invalidating certain plausible principles. We suggest a solution that is both simpler and avoids this cost.

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2016. Vol. 5, no 3, 169-176 p.
Keyword [en]
two-dimensional semantics, nesting problem, a priority, contingent a priori, epistemic operators, modal operators, necessity
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Philosophy
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Philosophy; Theoretical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136961DOI: 10.1002/tht3.207OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-136961DiVA: diva2:1057602
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved

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