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Single Idea 4896

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 8. Intension]

Full Idea

In possible-worlds semantics, expressions have intensions, which are functions from possible worlds to appropriate extensions (names to individuals, n-place predicates to n-tuples, and sentences to truth values, built from parts).

Clarification

'Intensions' are meanings; 'extensions' are the things referred to

Gist of Idea

The intension of an expression is a function from possible worlds to an appropriate extension

Source

John Perry (Knowledge, Possibility and Consciousness [2001], 8.1)

Book Reference

Perry,John: 'Knowledge, Possibility and Consciousness' [MIT 2001], p.170


A Reaction

Interesting. Perry distinguishes 'referential' (or 'subject matter') content, which is prior to the link to extensions - a link which creates 'reflexive' content. He is keen that they should not become confused. True knowledge is 'situated'.