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Contemporary semantic theory rests upon lively theoretical disputes about the meaning of words, the proper form of semantic theory, and, ultimately, on the very possibility of semantic theory itself. Jay L. Garfield and Murray Kiteley have collected, in Meaning and Truth, the definitive articles on the history of semantics and the primary voices debating the interpretation of description, the theory of truth intensionality, the structure of meaning, natural language, and the relation of semantics to pragmatics. The details, complexities, and charming eccentricities of language thus become visible against a background of abstract theory. Undergraduate and graduate students of semantics, linguistics, cognitive psychology, and philosophy of language will now be able to encounter all of the important theoretical debates of modern semantics in a single volume. Selections begin with the classic essay by Mill, "Of Names and Propositions," include such standards as "General Semantics" by Lewis and "Actualism" by Plantinga, and conclude with a chapter on "Linguistic Approaches to Semantics."
Acknowledgments Preface General Introduction Jay L. Garfield and Murray Kiteley I. THE BEGINNINGS Introduction Of Names and Propositions John Stuart Mill On Sense and Nominatum Gottlob Frege The Semantic Conception of Truth and the Foundations of Semantics Alfred Tarski On Denoting Bertrand Russell
II. ON DESCRIPTIONS Introduction On Referring P. F. Strawson Mr. Strawson on Referring Bertrand Russell Meaning and Necessity Rudolf Carnap Reference and Definite Descriptions Keith Donnellan Speaker’s Reference and Semantic Reference Saul Kripke Presupposition and Two-Dimensional Logic Merrie Bergmann Dthat David Kaplan On the Logic of Demonstratives David Kaplan
III. ON TARSKI Introduction Truth and Meaning Donald Davidson Tarski’s Theory of Truth Hartry Field Physicalism and Primitive Denotation: Field on Tarski John McDowell
IV. INTENSIONALITY Introduction Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes W. V. O. Quine On Saying That Donald Davidson An Overview of Montague Semantics Steven Weisler Subjectivity’s Bailiwick and the Person of Its Bailiff Murray Kiteley
V. THE STRUCTURE OF MEANING Introduction Two Types of Quantifiers Norbert Hornstein A Logical Theory of Verb-Phrase Deletion Ivan A. Sag Structured Meanings Max Cresswell Structural Ambiguity Max Cresswell
VI. POSSIBLE WORLDS Introduction Propositions Robert Stalnaker Possible Worlds David Lewis Actualism and Possible Worlds Alvin Plantinga The Trouble with Possible Worlds William Lycan
VII. PRAGMATICS Introduction On Specificity Annabel Cormack and Ruth Kempson Metaphorese Harold Skulsky Metaphorical Assertions Merrie Bergmann The Problem of the Essential Indexical John Perry References.