Inscriptionalism and intensionality

Parsons, David (2013) Inscriptionalism and intensionality. Philosophia, 41 2: 567-585. doi:10.1007/s11406-012-9410-5

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Author Parsons, David
Title Inscriptionalism and intensionality
Journal name Philosophia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0048-3893
Publication date 2013-06
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11406-012-9410-5
Open Access Status
Volume 41
Issue 2
Start page 567
End page 585
Total pages 19
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Intensional contexts are typically characterised by an apparent failure of either (A) the principle of the inter-substitution of co-referring terms salva veritate, or (B) existential generalisation. The difficulties which are seen to occur do so in contexts involving either modality or the propositional attitudes. In this paper attempts are made to determine whether or not Scheffler’s inscriptional analysis can provide a viable means of accounting for the problems which are thought to occur in intensional contexts. Somewhat unexpectedly, little effort has been made in the past to address this issue. In this paper it is shown that Scheffler’s theory may be employed to account for the difficulties mentioned above, though further work needs to be done to show precisely how his analysis may be adapted so as to handle modal statements. Popular objections to Scheffler’s inscriptionalism are also addressed, particularly in the light of his theory being used to account for the problems of intensionality. It is found that, with certain qualifications, the aforesaid objections do not show Scheffler’s theory to be an unviable means of accounting for the intensionality problems.
Keyword Inscriptionalism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 05 December 2012

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