Tuesday, February 20, 2007

3.1431 The essence of a propositional token becomes very clear if we think of it as made up of spatial objects (such as tables, chairs, books) instead of written signs.

The reciprocal spatial position of these things then expresses the sense of the proposition.

Ogden here has ‘mutual spatial position,’ which Black (p. 103) calls the literal translation. But ‘mutual’ can imply shared, as in “our mutual friend,” and here the spatial position is not meant to be the same.

Relative position, syntax, seems here to be presented as all that is needed for sense, although of course you need some tokens to arrange too. What about semantics?

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