Situation Theory: a survey

Lee, Jacob. 2011. Situation Theory: a survey. Master’s Thesis, Fresno, California: California State University Fresno.


Situation semantics was developed as an alternative to possible-worlds semantics. While possible-worlds semantics defines the informational content of sentences in terms of complete descriptions of the way the world is or might be, situation semantics defines the informational content of sentences in terms of partial worlds called situations. Situation theory is a novel informational ontology developed to give situation semantics a rigorous mathematical foundation. In reviewing the literature, we observed that although there are a few texts introducing situation theory in varying levels of detail and systematicity, there has not yet been published, until now, a general survey of the situation-theory literature that might introduce and guide future scholars. We note that a similar, if perhaps less-pressing need exists for a survey of the situation-semantics literature, but regret that we must leave such a survey for others.

If you are interested in reading this thesis, please feel free to contact me.

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3 Responses to Situation Theory: a survey

  1. Joshua says:

    I said it before, but congratulations. BTW, you should get it published.

  2. josh says:

    also be careful lest they don’t let you publish it because its ‘published’ here

  3. Jacob Lee says:

    Link has been updated to point at the final draft of the thesis. Please contact me if you have difficulty downloading the document.

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