Concept Designation

American Philosophical Quarterly 56 (4) (forthcoming)
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The paper proposes a way for adherents of Fregean, structured propositions to designate propositions (and other complex senses/concepts), using a special kind of functor. Investigating some formulations by Peacocke, I highlight certain problems that arise when we try to quantify over propositional constituents while referring to propositions using “that”-clauses (I also consider some other kinds of proposition designator). With the functor notation, by contrast, we can quantify over senses/concepts with ordinary quantifiers and speak without further ado about how they can be involved in propositions. In addition to this benefit, the functor notation also turns out to come with an important kind of expressive strengthening, and is shown to be neutral on many central questions about concepts and propositions.
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