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The unity of proposition

Author: Richard Gaskin
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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This book is about the philosophy of language. It analyses what is distinctive about sentences and the propositions they express — what marks them off from mere lists of words and mere aggregates of word-meanings respectively. Since it identifies the world with all the true and false propositions, the book's account of the unity of the proposition has significant implications for our understanding of the nature of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Gaskin
ISBN: 9780199239450 0199239452
OCLC Number: 963501522
Description: XV, 455 p. ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Richard Gaskin.

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This book is about the philosophy of language. It analyses what is distinctive about sentences and the propositions they express — what marks them off from mere lists of words and mere aggregates of word-meanings respectively. Since it identifies the world with all the true and false propositions, the book's account of the unity of the proposition has significant implications for our understanding of the nature of reality. The book argues that the unity of the proposition is constituted by a certain infinitistic structure known in the tradition as 'Bradley's regress'. Usually, Bradley's regress has been regarded as vicious, but the book argues that it is the metaphysical ground of the propositional unity, and gives us an important insight into the fundamental make-up of the world.

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