COLLOQUIUM: The Propositional Benacerraf Problem

Mar. 8, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 3:00pm, BEH 217

Jesse Fitts, Department of Philosophy, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Writers in the propositions literature consider the Benacerraf objection serious, often decisive. The objection figures heavily in dismissing standard theories of propositions of the past, notably set-theoretic theories. I argue that the situation is more complicated. After explicating the propositional Benacerraf problem, I focus on a classic set-theoretic theory of propositions, the possible worlds theory, and argue that methodological considerations influence the objection's success.