The Grammar of Meaning: Normativity and Semantic Discourse

The Grammar of Meaning: Normativity and Semantic Discourse

by Mark Norris Lance, John O'Leary-Hawthorne
     
 

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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

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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
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The ends and means of translation: critical reflections on Quine's indeterminacy of translation thesis; 2. Synonymy, analyticity and a priori authority; 3. Where do we go from here? A pragmatist account of normative judgement; 4. The epistemology of meaning and the analysis of meaning; 5. Robust meaning theories and canonical dispositionalism; 6. Reduction and naturalism; 7. Realism and factuality.

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