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Introducing a new and ambitious position in the field, Kit Fine’s Semantic Relationism is a major contribution to the philosophy of language.

  • Written by one of today’s most respected philosophers
  • Argues for a fundamentally new approach to the study of representation in language and thought
  • Proposes that there may be representational relationships between expressions or elements of thought that are not grounded in the intrinsic representational features of the expressions or elements themselves
  • Forms part of the prestigious new Blackwell/Brown Lectures in Philosophy series, based on an ongoing series of lectures by today’s leading philosophers
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"Combines careful, detailed argumentation with inspiration and synoptic vision for the bigger picture. ... One can reasonably expect Fine's book to be a spur for thinking about these issues for many years to come." (Mind, October 2009)
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Meet the Author

Kit Fine is Silver Professor of Philosophy and Mathematics at New York University, and specializes in Metaphysics, Logic, and Philosophy of Language. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies and is a former editor of the Journal of Symbolic Logic. He is the author of Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers (2005), and the co-author of Worlds, Times and Selves and Reasoning with Arbitrary Objects (Blackwell, 1985). He has also written papers in ancient philosophy, linguistics, computer science, and economic theory, in addition to the papers in his central fields of interest.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction     1
Coordination among Variables     6
The Antinomy of the Variable     7
The Tarskian Approach     9
The Rejection of Semantic Role     12
The Instantial Approach     16
The Algebraic Approach     18
The Relational Approach     21
Relational Semantics for first-order Logic     25
Coordination within Language     33
Frege's Puzzle     34
Rejecting Compositionality     37
Semantic Fact     43
Closure     45
Referentialism Reconsidered     51
A Relational Semantics for Names     53
Transparency     60
Coordination within Thought     66
Intentional Coordination     67
Strict Co-representation     72
The Content of Thought     74
The Cognitive Puzzle     78
Coordination between Speakers     86
Kripke's Puzzle     87
Some Related Puzzles     94
A Response     100
A Solution     102
A Deeper Puzzle     105
A Deeper Solution     108
TheRole of Variables in Belief Reports     115
Some Semantical Morals     117
Postscript: Further Work     122
Notes     133
References     141
Index     143
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