Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 40, number 120, diciembre 2008
Sainsbury on Thinking about an Object
[Sainsbury sobre pensar acerca de un objeto]
Tim Crane
Department of Philosophy
University College London

tim.crane@ucl.ac.uk

Abstract: R.M. Sainsbury’s account of reference has many compelling and attractive features. But it has the undesirable consequence that sentences of the form “x is thinking about y” can never be true when y is replaced by a non-referring term. Of the two obvious ways to deal with this problem within Sainsbury’s framework, I reject one (the analysis of thinking about as a propositional attitude) and endorse the other(treating “thinks about” as akin to an intensional transitive verb). This endorsement is also within the spirit of Sainsbury’s account of reference.
Keywords: Reference, empty names, intensional transitives, propositional attitudes, propositionalism

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