Insensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism / Edition 1

Insensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism / Edition 1

by Herman Cappelen, Ernest Lepore, Ernie Lepore
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405126744

ISBN-13: 9781405126748

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Wiley

Cappelen (philosophy, Vassar College and the U. of Oslo) and Lepore (philosophy, Rutgers U.) explore the debate in the philosophy of language concerning the distinction between semantic content and non- semantic (pragmatic) content, and how to accommodate context sensitivity within a theory of human communication. They propose "a simple and naive view" about context…  See more details below

Overview

Cappelen (philosophy, Vassar College and the U. of Oslo) and Lepore (philosophy, Rutgers U.) explore the debate in the philosophy of language concerning the distinction between semantic content and non- semantic (pragmatic) content, and how to accommodate context sensitivity within a theory of human communication. They propose "a simple and naive view" about context sensitivity—that there are just a few easily identifiable context sensitive expressions in natural language—and explain their theory based on a combination of two views, which they call Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism. The text raises questions about the validity of the chief theses of a significant number of published articles and books by numerous philosophers and linguists due to what Cappelen and Lepore see as an internally inconsistent view. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405126748
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Overview1
2Exegesis : the methodology of contextualism17
3The instability of context shifting arguments39
4Diagnosis : why context shifting arguments are misused53
5The instability of incompleteness arguments59
6Digressions : binding and hidden indexicals69
7Objections to radical contextualism (I) : fails context sensitivity tests87
8Objections to radical contextualism (II) : makes communication impossible123
9Objections to radical contextualism (III) : internal inconsistency128
10Semantic minimalism143
11Semantics and metaphysics155
12Semantics and psychology176
13Speech act pluralism190

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