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Single Idea 12232

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

Full Idea

What I mean by 'propositions' is not what the grammarians call a proposition, namely the linguistic expression, but the mere sense of this expression, is what is meant by proposition in itself or object proposition. This sense can be true or false.

Gist of Idea

A 'proposition' is the sense of a linguistic expression, and can be true or false


Bernard Bolzano (Theory of Science (Wissenschaftslehre, 4 vols) [1837], Pref?)

A Reaction

This seems to be the origin of what we understand by 'proposition'. The disputes are over whether such things exists, and whether they are features of minds or features of the world (resembling facts).