Rhemata

Southern Journal of Philosophy 61 (4):553-568 (2023)
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The article offers an analysis of Peirce's notion of “rhema.” It examines and explains Peirce's definition of the rhema; it identifies and solves two problems that are direct consequences of the definition. The first problem is that proper names, while classified as rhemata, do not satisfy Peirce's definition of the rhema. The second problem is that Peirce also calls “rhemata” the results of propositional analysis that however do not satisfy his own definition of the rhema. Peirce himself solves the first problem by generalizing the notion of rhema into that of “seme.” I argue that we can solve the second problem if, following M. Dummett, we distinguish propositional analysis from propositional decomposition.

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Francesco Bellucci
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The Interpretation of Frege's Philosophy.Michael Dummett - 1984 - Philosophical Quarterly 34 (136):402-414.

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