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Four Dthats

Predelli, Stefano


Stefano Predelli


The distinction between a merely ‘rigidifying’ dthat and a directly-referential take on dthat-terms is well known, and is explicitly highlighted by Kaplan in Afterthoughts, his 1989 commentary on Demonstratives. What is not equally widely recognized is that Afterthoughts also oscillates between three different directly referential proposals. This essay discusses the semantic and philosophical implications of these different directly-referential interpretations of ‘dthat’, paying particular attention to (a) the relationships between syntactic and propositional structure, (b) the structure and makeup of contexts in the semantics of indexical languages, (c) the significance of context shifting devices and of so-called operators on character, and (d) the aims and scope of propositional semantics.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 20, 2019
Journal Synthese
Print ISSN 0039-7857
Electronic ISSN 1573-0964
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Predelli, S. (2019). Four Dthats. Synthese,
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