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As a footnote to my last post, I want to consider a passage in Nick Smith’s Logic: The Laws of Truth (rather unfairly picked out from a number of candidates). Smith talks of giving a glossary for PL, a list like A: Antelopes chew the cud, F: Your best friend is my worst enemy, N: Albany is capital of New York (his examples). In such a case, he says (p. 33) that the sentence letter “represents” the proposition expressed using the sentence on the right, and we might wonder what “represents” means here. He also talks (p. 34) of a sentence letter “stand[ing] for” a proposition, and then (p.35) of a formula “express[ing]”  a proposition. I’d say that representing, standing for, and expressing are different — but let’s not nag about that. I think it is clear enough that Smith thinks of a glossary for some PL sentences as assigning them at least Fregean senses (i.e. truth-relevant meanings), so that they are meaningful and express propositions. Which is fine by me, so. . .

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