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
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405126752

ISBN-13: 9781405126755

Pub. Date: 01/24/2005

Publisher: Wiley

Insensitive Semantics is an overview of and contribution to the debates about how to accommodate context sensitivity within a theory of human communication, investigating the effects of context on communicative interaction and, as a corollary, what a context of utterance is and what it is to be in one.

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Overview

Insensitive Semantics is an overview of and contribution to the debates about how to accommodate context sensitivity within a theory of human communication, investigating the effects of context on communicative interaction and, as a corollary, what a context of utterance is and what it is to be in one.

  • Provides detailed and wide-ranging overviews of the central positions and arguments surrounding contextualism

  • Addresses broad and varied aspects of the distinction between the semantic and non-semantic content of language

  • Defends a distinctive and explanatorily powerful combination of semantic minimalism and speech act pluralism

  • Confronts core problems which not only run to the heart of philosophy of language and linguistics, but which arise in epistemology, metaphysics, and moral philosophy as well

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405126755
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/24/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Overview.

Part I: From Moderate to Radical Contextualism.

2. Exegesis: The Methodology of Contextualism.

3. The Instability of Context Shifting Arguments.

4. Diagnosis: Why Context Shifting Arguments are Misused.

5. The Instability of Incompleteness Arguments.

6. Digressions: Binding and Hidden Indexicals.

Part II: Refutation of Radical Contextualism.

7. Objections to Radical Contextualism (I): Fails Context Sensitivity Tests.

8. Objection to Radical Contextualism (II):Makes Communication Impossible.

9. Objections to Radical Contextualism (III): Internal Inconsistencies.

Part III: Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism.

10. Semantic Minimalism.

11. Semantics and Metaphysics.

12. Semantics and Psychology.

13. Speech Act Pluralism.

References.

Index

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