Philosophical Studies

, Volume 163, Issue 3, pp 763–781

On fineness of grain


DOI: 10.1007/s11098-011-9844-9

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King, J.C. Philos Stud (2013) 163: 763. doi:10.1007/s11098-011-9844-9


A central job for propositions is to be the objects of the attitudes. Propositions are the things we doubt, believe and suppose. Some philosophers have thought that propositions are sets of possible worlds. But many have become convinced that such an account individuates propositions too coarsely. This raises the question of how finely propositions should be individuated. An account of how finely propositions should be individuated on which they are individuated very finely is sketched. Objections to the effect that the account individuates propositions too finely are raised and responses to the objections are provided. It is also shown that theories that try to individuate propositions less finely have serious problems.


PropositionsPropositional attitudesPossible worldsStructured propositions

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA