Meaning, Mind, and Matter: Philosophical Essays

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Ernie Lepore and Barry Loewer present a series of papers in which they come to terms with three views that have loomed large in philosophy for several decades: that a theory of meaning for a language is best understood as a theory of truth for that language; that thought and language are best understood together via a theory of interpretation; and that the mental is irreducible to the physical. They aim both to offer critical assessment of the views and to develop them. They show that each of these views remains of great significance for current work in philosophy of language and mind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199580781
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/24/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernie Lepore is a Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and the Acting Director of the Rutgers Centre of Cognitive Science. He has authored numerous books and articles mostly in the philosophy of language and mind.

Barry Loewer is a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers. He has published many articles in philosophy of language, mind, philosophy of science, and philosophical logic.

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Table of Contents

1. Translational Semantics
2. Three Trivial Truth Theories
3. What Model Theoretic Semantics Cannot Do
4. The Role of 'Conceptual Role Semantics'
5. Dual Aspect Semantics
6. What Davidson Should Have Said
7. You Can Say That Again
8. Conditions on Understanding Language
9. Solipsistic Semantics
10. Putnam's Progress
11. Mind Matters
12. Making Mind Matter More
13. From Physics to Physicalism
14. Mental Causation or Something Close Enough

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