The Grammar of Meaning: Normativity and Semantic Discourse

The Grammar of Meaning: Normativity and Semantic Discourse

by Mark Norris Lance, John O'Leary-Hawthorne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521070309

ISBN-13: 9780521070300

Pub. Date: 07/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

What is the function of concepts pertaining to meaning in socio-linguistic practice? In this study, the authors argue that we can approach a satisfactory answer by displacing the standard picture of meaning talk as a sort of description with a picture that takes seriously the similarity between meaning talk and various types of normative injunction. In their…  See more details below

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What is the function of concepts pertaining to meaning in socio-linguistic practice? In this study, the authors argue that we can approach a satisfactory answer by displacing the standard picture of meaning talk as a sort of description with a picture that takes seriously the similarity between meaning talk and various types of normative injunction. In their discussion of this approach, they investigate the more general question of the nature of the normative, as well as a range of important topics specific to the philosophy of language.

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ISBN-13:
9780521070300
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Place of Meaning Talk in Socio-Linguistic Practice17
1The ends and means of translation: critical reflections on Quine's indeterminacy of translation thesis19
2Synonymy, analyticity, and a priori authority83
3Where do we go from here?: a pragmatist account of normative judgment172
Pt. IINaturalism and Meaning Talk239
4The epistemology of meaning and the analysis of meaning241
5Robust meaning theories and canonical dispositions298
6Reduction and naturalism344
7Realism and factuality373
Bibliography436
Index447

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