The World Situation (It’s a small world after all)
I want in this chapter to make some comparisons between possible-worlds semantics and the semantical framework recently developed by Jon Barwise and John Perry and called by them situation semantics. Although possible-worlds semantics is undoubtedly its closest rival, the literature on situation semantics is surprisingly reticent about making direct comparisons. I shall try to shew that the so-called ‘situations’ are being made to play roles that in possible-worlds semantics are played by entities of several quite different kinds. And I shall argue that no entities can simultaneously play all these roles.
KeywordsSemantical Framework World Semantic Situation Semantic Disjunctive Event Single Situation
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