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Single Idea 13958

[catalogued under 19. Language / C. Assigning Meanings / 10. Two-Dimensional Semantics]

Full Idea

The 'primary intension' of a concept is a function from worlds to extensions reflecting the way the actual-world reference is fixed, ...which is independent of empirical factors.

Gist of Idea

The 'primary intension' is non-empirical, and fixes extensions based on the actual-world reference


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 1.2.4)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.57

A Reaction

This bit is a priori because the concept picks out something, no matter what its essence turns out to be. I take it to be a priori because it is stipulative.

Related Ideas

Idea 8245 The logical attitude tries to turn concepts into functions, when they are really forms or forces [Deleuze/Guattari]

Idea 13959 The 'secondary intension' is determined by rigidifying (as H2O) the 'water' picked out in the actual world [Chalmers]