Jeffrey C. King

in The Nature and Structure of Content

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226061
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191710377 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief analysis of why philosophers believe in propositions. The main purpose of the book is then discussed, which is to formulate and defend a detailed account of the metaphysical nature of propositions. In so doing, it discusses some oppositions to propositions as well. It is argued that there is no mystery about what propositions are. Given rather minimal assumptions it follows that propostions exist, and we can begin to see how and why they have truth conditions and so represent the world as being a certain way. An overview of the chapters included in the volume is presented.

Keywords: propositions; virtues; philosophers; metaphysics; truth conditions

Chapter.  2251 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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