Categoria: Curriculum Episteme
Foundations of Two-Component Semantics
Abstract:┬áWhen do two sentences say the same thing, that is, express the same content? We defend two-component (2C) semantics, the view that propositional contents┬ácomprise pairs of irreducibly distinct components: (1) truth conditions, and (2) topic or subject matter. We present an abstract 2C formal semantics, which gives synonymy┬áconditions while being neutral on the exact nature of subject matter. We contrast 2C with one-component semantics: the view that either truth conditions are reducible to┬ásubject matter, or vice versa. We discuss 1C-theories that utilize prominent ideas from Lewis, Fine, and Yablo, and argue for the superiority of 2C.
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