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date: 19 October 2019

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The chapter begins by reviewing the roles that advocates of propositions take them to play. Then it turns to the question of the nature of the things that play these roles. What is the correct metaphysics of propositions? Since most contemporary thought about the nature of propositions is traceable in some way to the classical theories of propositions of Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell, those theories are discussed in some detail. Then accounts of the metaphysics of propositions developed in 1960s are discussed. The chapter concludes by reviewing other accounts of propositions developed between the 1960s and the present.

Keywords: modality, truth, semantics, propositional attitudes, possible worlds semantics, direct reference, structured propositions, singular propositions, rigid designation

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