return to list of latest ideas

Single Idea 21635

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

Full Idea

If there are no propositions, then there are no contents, and thus there are no beliefs and desires.

Gist of Idea

Without propositions there can be no beliefs or desires


Thomas Hofweber (Ontology and the Ambitions of Metaphysics [2016], 1.4.3)

A Reaction

A simple but powerful point. Those who claim that there are only sentences (and no propositions) can hardly claim that you must formulate a sentence every time you have a specific belief or desire.

Book Reference

Hofweber,Thomas: 'Ontology and the Ambitions of Metaphysics' [OUP 2018], p.15