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  • adj. Of or pertaining to intension.

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  • adj. used of the set of attributes that distinguish the referents of a given word


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  • On an intensional reading of “want” this sort of thing can sometimes make sense.

    Matthew Yglesias » What Do Americans “Really” Want

  • I think this may have been intensional, the naturalist theme of the artist suggests that she was commenting on illusions that can occur in the natural world.

    Bastien-Lepage: Reinstating Nature

  • Astronauts on the moon frequently connote intensional meaning, in the language of linguists greatness, honor, and patriotism.

    Obama's View of Service, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • As stunney pointed out on another thread, desires and beliefs create intensional contexts and are mutually sensitive.

    Carry-Over Thread

  • With this technology, theorists can distinguish the values of the two descriptions above, since they are structures with different components (cf. Carnap's [1947] notion of intensional isomorphism).


  • However, the invariance criterion can be extended in a natural way to intensional operators.

    Logical Constants

  • Millianism and the intensional interpretation of Frege's view both entail this thesis (“functionalism”) about names.


  • As stated, this view is consistent with Millianism (it would be Millianism if we assumed that the semantic value of a definite description was the individual it referred to), however in practice it is always coupled with a view on which definite descriptions have either a Russellian (see the section on Russell's theory in the entry on descriptions) or an intensional semantics (see the section on Sense Theories above).


  • With these provisos, and barring for the moment the complications arising from the consideration of intensional factors (such as time and modalities), we may proceed to review some core mereological notions and principles.

    Wild Dreams Of Reality, 3

  • In essence, Prior's view is that there are intensional contexts but no intensions.

    The Sun Is Not


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