Truth, Topicality, and Transparency: One-Component Versus Two-Component Semantics

Linguistics and Philosophy (forthcoming)
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Abstract

When do two sentences say the same thing, that is, express the same content? We defend two-component (2C) semantics: the view that propositional contents comprise (at least) two irreducibly distinct constituents, (1) truth-conditions, and (2) subject-matter. We contrast 2C with one-component (1C) semantics, focusing on the view that subject-matter is reducible to truth- conditions. We identify exponents of this view and argue in favor of 2C. An appendix proposes a general formal template for propositional 2C semantics.

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Peter Hawke
Lingnan University
Franz Berto
University of St. Andrews

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