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Gyula Klima

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176223.001.0001

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The Semantics of Propositions

The Semantics of Propositions

John Buridan

Gyula Klima (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a systematic discussion of Buridan’s nominalist semantics of propositions and sentential nominalizations. The chapter argues that despite its incompleteness, Buridan’s theory is still “nominalism’s best shot” at a semantics of propositions without buying into a philosophically and theologically dubious ontology of dicta, enuntiabilia, complexe significabilia, real propositions, or states of affairs.

Keywords:   semantics of propositions, sentential nominalizations, dicta, enuntiabilia, complexe significabilia, real propositions, states of affairs

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