Journal of Philosophical Logic

, Volume 44, Issue 6, pp 781–791 | Cite as

Conditionals and Propositions in Semantics

  • Daniel Rothschild


The project of giving an account of meaning in natural languages goes largely by assigning truth-conditional content to sentences. I will call the view that sentences have truth-conditional content propositionalism as it is common to identify the truth-conditional content of a sentence with the proposition it expresses. This content plays an important role in our explanations of the speech-acts, attitude ascriptions, and the meaning of sentences when they appear as parts of longer sentences. Much work in philosophy of language and linguistics semantics over the last half-century has aimed to characterize the truth-conditional content of different aspects of language.

There are different kinds of worries one might have about this project. There are general methodological worries about truth-conditional semantics that have had some currency in the philosophical literature. In my view, the enormous progress in semantics made in its brief history suggests these are misplaced....


Indicative conditionals  Semantics Truth-conditions Probability 


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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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