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Title: On 'Actually' and 'dthat': truth-conditional differences in possible worlds semantics
Author: Martí, Genoveva
Martínez Fernández, José, 1969-
Keywords: Semàntica (Filosofia)
Semantics (Philosophy)
Issue Date: 26-Aug-2019
Publisher: Institute of Philosophy Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Abstract: Although possible worlds semantics is a powerful tool to represent the semantic properties of natural language sentences, it has been often argued that it is too coarse: with the tools that pos- sible worlds semantics puts at our disposal, any relevant semantic difference has to be a truth conditional difference representable as a difference in intension. A case that raises questions about the abil- ity of possible worlds semantics to make the appropriate discrim- inations is the distinction between rigidity and direct reference, an issue deeply connected to the representation of the behaviour of two operators: 'dthat' and 'actually'. Differences between the mode of operation of 'dthat' and 'actually' have been observed, but they have not been examined in depth. Our purpose is to explore systematically to what extent the observed differences be- tween the two operators have truth conditional consequences that are formally representable in possible worlds semantics.
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It is part of: Organon F, 2019, vol. 26, num. 3, p. 491-504
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ISSN: 1335-0668
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