Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

The Singularity of Singular Propositions

Date: 25 October 2017

Time: 15:00

Place: Seminari de Filosofia UB

Abstract

Glick (Mind, forthcoming) defends a new account of the singularity of singular propositions and argues against several competitors. The aim of this talk is twofold. First, we criticise Glick’s own approach to the effect that a proposition p about an object x is singular wrt x iff p is about o, but not merely about o by concerning one or more properties of o. Our criticism revolves around the explanatory role played by the the notion of “concerning”. Secondly we vindicate one of the views attacked by Glick, a so-called vehicle-first view to the effect that p about x is singular wrt x iff p is the content of a thought containing a singular vehicle [v] for x.