November 26th, 2016

grrr

non-fregeanity and against Montague

Montague grammar as a piece of abstract theory is in fact rather interesting and
even beautiful, but it is worth pulling ourselves up short and asking ourselves whether
Montague has not in fact totally changed the subject; whether we need a framework
consisting of an n-tuple of sets of possible worlds, moments in time and other contextual
elements in order to make sense of the chatter of the man, woman or child in the street. Where
is our sense of fitness and proportion if we do? It is a loss of that robust sense of reality
enjoined on philosophers by Russell.

Peter Simons, Against Set Theory, 2005.