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Tense, Modality, and Propositions

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226061.003.0007
 Tense, Modality, and Propositions

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This chapter clarifies the nature of propositions considered as semantic values, the nature of a compositional assignment of semantic values to sentences, and the nature of the circumstances at which propositions are evaluated for truth and falsity. Challenge to the motivation for positing propositions mentioned in the Introduction is addressed. It is argued that modal operators are distinctively different from tenses and place expressions, in that the former operate on propositions and the latter do not.

Keywords: propositions; semantic values; sentences; truth; failsity; modal operators

Chapter.  17451 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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