Reviving Priorian Tense Logic

Berit Brogaard

in Transient Truths

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796908
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933235 | DOI:
Reviving Priorian Tense Logic

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Reviving Priorian tense logic may seem like a project doomed to fail. The evidence against it seems to be overwhelming. However, in this chapter I show that Priorian tense logic can handle some of the most widely cited evidence against it and argue that it provides a better account of Partee sentences and double-access sentences than obvious alternative theories. Priorian tense logic entails that there are intensional operators that operate on temporal content, as required by the fifth condition on propositions. So, if Priorian tense logic offers a good account of the tenses in English, which it seems that it does, then that is further evidence for favoring temporalism over eternalism.

Keywords: Priorian tense logic; Montague semantics; Partee sentences; double access sentences; location operators; pragmatic rules for noun denotation; later-than-matrix interpretations; Kamp/Vlach sentences

Chapter.  6868 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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