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A general argument against structured propositions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
Number of Authors: 12019 (English)In: Synthese, ISSN 0039-7857, E-ISSN 1573-0964, Vol. 196, no 4, p. 1501-1528Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The standard argument against ordered tuples as propositions is that it is arbitrary what truth-conditions they should have. In this paper we generalize that argument. Firstly, we require that propositions have truth-conditions intrinsically. Secondly, we require strongly equivalent truth-conditions to be identical. Thirdly, we provide a formal framework, taken from Graph Theory, to characterize structure and structured objects in general. The argument in a nutshell is this: structured objects are too fine-grained to be identical to truth-conditions. Without identity, there is no privileged mapping from structured objects to truth-conditions, and hence structured objects do not have truth-conditions intrinsically. Therefore, propositions are not structured objects.

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2019. Vol. 196, no 4, p. 1501-1528
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Propositions, Structure, Graph theory, Truth-conditions, Unity
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168577DOI: 10.1007/s11229-016-1244-4ISI: 000463169600013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168577DiVA, id: diva2:1317735
Available from: 2019-05-23 Created: 2019-05-23 Last updated: 2019-05-23Bibliographically approved

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