Non-Descriptive Meaning and Reference: An Ideational Semantics

Non-Descriptive Meaning and Reference: An Ideational Semantics

by Wayne A. Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199261652

ISBN-13: 9780199261659

Pub. Date: 09/01/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Wayne Davis presents a highly original approach to the foundations of semantics, showing how the so-called "expression" theory of meaning can handle names and other problematic cases of nondescriptive meaning. The fact that thoughts have parts ("ideas" or "concepts") is fundamental: Davis argues that like other unstructured words,

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Wayne Davis presents a highly original approach to the foundations of semantics, showing how the so-called "expression" theory of meaning can handle names and other problematic cases of nondescriptive meaning. The fact that thoughts have parts ("ideas" or "concepts") is fundamental: Davis argues that like other unstructured words, names mean what they do because they are conventionally used to express atomic or basic ideas. In the process he shows that many pillars of contemporary philosophical semantics, from twin earth arguments to the necessity of identity, are unfounded.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199261659
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Pages:
463
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

I. The Expression Theory of Meaning
1. Introduction
2. Thoughts
3. Ideas
4. Speaking Meaning and Expression
5. Word Meaning
6. Nondescriptive Meaning
II. Reference
7. Reference and Expression
8. Reference and Intention
9. Meaning and Reference
III. Names
10. Millian Theories
11. Defences of Millianism
12. Fregean Theories
13. Standard Name Meaning
14. Formal Semantics
15. Rigidity and Identity

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