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Single Idea 17264

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

Full Idea

Bolzano conceived of propositions as abstract objects which are structured compounds of concepts and potential contents of judgements and assertions.

Gist of Idea

Propositions are abstract structures of concepts, ready for judgement or assertion


report of Bernard Bolzano (Theory of Science (Wissenschaftslehre, 4 vols) [1837]) by Correia,F/Schnieder,B - Grounding: an opinionated introduction 2.3

Book Reference

'Metaphysical Grounding', ed/tr. Correia,F/Schnieder,B [CUP 2012], p.6

A Reaction

Personally I think of propositions as brain events, the constituents of thought about the world, but that needn't contradict the view of them as 'abstract'.