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About Aboutness

Joshua Rasmussen
Published Online: 2014-03-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2014-0011


I develop a new theory of the nature of aboutness. I begin by presenting an “aboutness” puzzle that exposes a problem for many theories of aboutness. I then develop the components for a theory of aboutness that can help us solve the puzzle. The theory of aboutness I offer depends upon a theory of propositions as ordered complexes of properties. I develop this theory of propositions and show how it relates to, or builds upon, some of the most recent theories of propositions in the literature. My end goal is to deepen our understanding of how the things we say and think relate to the things we say and think about.

Keywords: aboutness; Russell’s paradox; structured propositions; arrangements


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Published Online: 2014-03-14

Published in Print: 2014-04-01

Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 173–186, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2014-0011.

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