Single Idea 18862

[catalogued under 19. Language / D. Propositions / 2. Abstract Propositions / a. Propositions as sense]

Full Idea

One might be tempted to the view that there are as many different propositions as there are thoughts that could be thought and sentences that could be uttered.

Gist of Idea

Are propositions all the thoughts and sentences that are possible?


Jonathan Tallant (Metaphysics: an introduction [2011], 04.5.3)

Book Reference

Tallant,Jonathan: 'Metaphysics - an introduction' [Continuum 2011], p.79

A Reaction

A fairly orthodox view I take to be crazy. I think it is a view designed for logic, rather than for how the world is. Why tie propositions to what can be thought, and then introduce unthought propositions? Why no unthinkable propositions?