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Hyperintensional semantics: a Fregean approach

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Hyperintensional semantics : a Fregean approach. / Bjerring, Jens Christian Krarup; Skipper, Mattias.

In: Synthese, 09.2018.

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KW - Impossible worlds

KW - Possible worlds

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