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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405196697
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: Blackwell / Brown Lectures in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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 Reasoning with Arbitrary Objects (Blackwell, 1985), The Limits of Abstraction (2002) and Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers (2005) and the co-author of Worlds, Times and Selves (1977). 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


1. Coordination among Variables

A. The Desiderata

B. The Problem

C. The Contextualist Response

D. The Dismissive Response

E. The Instantial Approach

F. The Algebraic Approach

G. Relational Semantics for First-order Logic

2. Coordination within Language

A. Frege’s Puzzle

B. Rejecting Compositionality

C. Semantic Fact

D. Closure

E. Referentialism Reconsidered

F. A Relational Semantics for Names

G. Transparency

3. Coordination within Thought

A. Intentional Coordination

B. Strict Co-representation

C. The Content of Thought

D. The Cognitive Puzzle

4. Coordination between Speakers

A. Kripke’s Puzzle

B. Some Related Puzzles

C. A Response

D. A Solution

E. A Deeper Puzzle

F. A Deeper Solution

G. The Role of Variables in Belief Reports

H. Some Semantical Morals

Postscript: Further Work


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