Unity and the Frege-Geach problem

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The problem of the unity of the proposition asks what binds together the constituents of a proposition into a fully formed proposition that provides truth conditions for the assertoric sentence that expresses it, rather than merely a set of objects. Hanks' solution is to reject the traditional distinction between content and force. If his theory is successful, then there is a plausible extension of it that readily solves the Frege-Geach problem for normative propositions. Unfortunately Hanks' theory isn't successful, but it does point to significant connections between expressivism, unity, and embedding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Content-force
  • Expressivism
  • Frege-Geach
  • Metaethics
  • Unity of the proposition


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