Seminar Series in Analytic Philosophy 2020-21, Session 11

The Logic of Polyreference
Laura Delgado (LanCog, University of Lisbon)

11 December 2020, 16:00

Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa
Sala Mattos Romão (Departamento de Filosofia) & live-streamed

Abstract: I have defended a novel view of the semantic of proper names, i.e., the Polyreferential View. According to this view, proper names can have more than one semantic referent, indeed as many as bearers of the name there are. This has the implication that a sentence containing a polyreferential name would thereby express many propositions or contents. I believe this way of thinking of the content expressed by ordinary sentences as multiple could have useful applications beyond theorizing about proper names. My current project has two main goals: one would be to develop the logic of this new semantic relation of polyreference and give an account of compositionality. The second goal would be to explore its applications to other areas of research. This talk presents a first approximation to a logic of polyreference.

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