opaque context

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opaque context

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(Linguistics) philosophy logic an expression in which the replacement of a term by another with the same reference may change the truth-value of the whole. John believes that Cicero was a Roman is opaque, since even though Cicero and Tully are the same person John may know that the given statement is true but not that Tully was a Roman. Compare transparent context See also intensional, Electra paradox
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Chrudzimski writes clearly in German, and his arguments help to situate Brentano's intentionality thesis in the context of today's analytic preoccupations with quantifier semantics and the problem of intersubstitutivity of coreferential terms and logically equivalent expressions, and the referential opacity of intensional discourse.
The longest response addresses five or six papers on propositional attitudes: these include a general discussion of Quine's approach by Ernest Lepore and Barry Loewer, an interesting exploration of relational belief by Nathan Salmon, and a detailed examination of referential opacity by Fabrizio Mondadori.