Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Trenton Merricks

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732563.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 20 April 2021

Against Structured Propositions

Against Structured Propositions

(p.121) 4 Against Structured Propositions

Trenton Merricks

Oxford University Press

The other leading account of propositions, alongside the thesis that propositions are sets of possible worlds, endorses structured propositions. This chapter’s central line of argument focuses on a proposition’s representing things as being a certain way. For example, the proposition that dogs bark represents dogs as barking, and for this reason is true if and only if dogs bark. The chapter assumes—as do all defenders of structured propositions—that if there are structured propositions, then something about each proposition explains how it manages to represent things as being a certain way. The chapter argues that if there are structured propositions, that explanation must be in terms of a proposition’s constituents and structure. And the chapter argues that a structured proposition’s constituents and structure would not fully explain how that proposition manages to represent things as being a certain way. So the chapter concludes that there are no structured propositions.

Keywords:   structured propositions, constituents, structure, Soames, King, Russell

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .