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Content: content is that part of a statement, what can be represented by another statement, which differs in a respect from the original statement, e.g. it uses other expressions with the same reference. That, in which the second statement deviates belongs then to the vocabulary, to the syntax or grammar, the matching can be called content.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

Author Concept Summary/Quotes Sources

Robert Stalnaker on Content - Dictionary of Arguments

I 50
Content/modal realism/MR/Lewis/Stalnaker: according to Lewis, an advantage of the modal realism is that it provides us with access to the content of propositional attitude and speech acts.
>Propositional attitudes, >Modal realism, >Possible worlds.
The subset of the possible worlds is doxastically accessible:
Def doxastically accessible/Lewis: "doxastically accessible" means that the possible world is compatible with the rest of the beliefs and knowledge. They should not be defined by beliefs, but the content of knowledge should be defined in terms of doxastically accessible possible worlds.
I 64
Content/Stalnaker: content of a thought: the content of a thought is the truth condition.
>Truth conditions.
I 209
Causal theory/content/Stalnaker: important argument: the facts about my connection to Cicero do not belong to the content.
>Causal theory of reference, >Causal theory of names.
I 215
Content possible world/Stalnaker: all our words, and even all our representational resources, stem from the real world. But that does not imply that the contents are inevitably dependent on the fact that our words have these contents.
>Word meaning, >Sentence meaning.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Stalnaker I
R. Stalnaker
Ways a World may be Oxford New York 2003

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2023-03-25
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