What Is Meaning?

What Is Meaning?

by Scott Soames


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691156392
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2012
Series: Soochow University Lectures in Philosophy
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,282,187
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Scott Soames is professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California. His books include Philosophy of Language, Philosophical Essays, Reference and Description, and Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century (all Princeton).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1: Meanings 1

Chapter 2: Frege and Russell: The Real Problem of "the Unity of the Proposition" 11

Chapter 3: Why Truth Conditions Are Not Enough 33

Chapter 4: Propositions and Attitudes: Davidson's Challenge and Russell's Neglected Insight 49

Chapter 5: Toward a Theory of Propositions: A Deflationary Account 69

Chapter 6: The Cognitive-Realist Theory of Propositions 99

Chapter 7: Expanding the Cognitive-Realist Model 109

Index 131

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Robert Stalnaker

This is a highly original book from a major figure in the philosophy of language. Scott Soames approaches classic problems about intentionality and the unity of the proposition in a new way. The writing and argumentation are admirably clear and straightforward, and there are careful historical discussions. This book makes an important contribution.
Robert Stalnaker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gilbert Harman

In this short book, Scott Soames makes a major contribution to the general theory of meaning. Along the way he provides a beautiful, concise critical account of several previous attempts to formulate such a theory. What Is Meaning? will be required reading for serious researchers in philosophical and linguistic semantics. It will also serve as a brief introduction to the theory of meaning for students in both fields.
Gilbert Harman, Princeton University

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