Single Idea 15051

[catalogued under 7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 2. Reduction]

Full Idea

A second line of reduction is semantic, and holds in virtue of the meaning of the sentences. It should then be possible to acquire an understanding of the reduced sentence on the basis of understanding the sentences to which it reduces.

Gist of Idea

Reduction might be semantic, where a reduced sentence is understood through its reduction


Kit Fine (The Question of Realism [2001], 3)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophers' Imprint' [-], p.9

A Reaction

Fine says this avoids the first objection to the grammatical approach (see Reaction to Idea 15050), but still can't handle the de re aspect of reduction. Fine also doubts whether this understanding qualifies as 'reduction'.

Related Idea

Idea 15050 Reduction might be producing a sentence which gets closer to the logical form [Fine,K]