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Meaning and Truth: Essential Readings in Modern Semantics

Meaning and Truth: Essential Readings in Modern Semantics
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1557783004
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2.00 lbs
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Paper

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656

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6x9

Date Available
1999/11/30


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Contemporary semantic theory rests upon lively theoretical disputes about the meaning of words, the proper form of semantic theory, and, ultimately, on the very possibility of semantic theory itself. Jay L. Garfield and Murray Kiteley have collected, in Meaning and Truth, the definitive articles on the history of semantics and the primary voices debating the interpretation of description, the theory of truth intensionality, the structure of meaning, natural language, and the relation of semantics to pragmatics. The details, complexities, and charming eccentricities of language thus become visible against a background of abstract theory.

Undergraduate and graduate students of semantics, linguistics, cognitive psychology, and philosophy of language will now be able to encounter all of the important theoretical debates of modern semantics in a single volume. Selections begin with the classic essay by Mill, “Of Names and Propositions,” include such standards as “General Semantics” by Lewis and “Actualism” by Plantinga, and conclude with a chapter on “Linguistic Approaches to Semantics.”

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgments
Preface
General Introduction Jay L. Garfield and Murray Kiteley
I. THE BEGINNINGS
Introduction
Of Names and Propositions John Stuart Mill
On Sense and Nominatum Gottlob Frege
The Semantic Conception of Truth and the Foundations of Semantics Alfred Tarski
On Denoting Bertrand Russell

II. ON DESCRIPTIONS
Introduction
On Referring P. F. Strawson
Mr. Strawson on Referring Bertrand Russell
Meaning and Necessity Rudolf Carnap
Reference and Definite Descriptions Keith Donnellan
Speaker’s Reference and Semantic Reference Saul Kripke
Presupposition and Two-Dimensional Logic Merrie Bergmann
Dthat David Kaplan
On the Logic of Demonstratives David Kaplan

III. ON TARSKI
Introduction
Truth and Meaning Donald Davidson
Tarski’s Theory of Truth Hartry Field
Physicalism and Primitive Denotation: Field on Tarski John McDowell

IV. INTENSIONALITY
Introduction
Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes W. V. O. Quine
On Saying That Donald Davidson
An Overview of Montague Semantics Steven Weisler
Subjectivity’s Bailiwick and the Person of Its Bailiff Murray Kiteley

V. THE STRUCTURE OF MEANING
Introduction
Two Types of Quantifiers Norbert Hornstein
A Logical Theory of Verb-Phrase Deletion Ivan A. Sag
Structured Meanings Max Cresswell
Structural Ambiguity Max Cresswell

VI. POSSIBLE WORLDS
Introduction
Propositions Robert Stalnaker
Possible Worlds David Lewis
Actualism and Possible Worlds Alvin Plantinga
The Trouble with Possible Worlds William Lycan

VII. PRAGMATICS
Introduction
On Specificity Annabel Cormack and
Ruth Kempson
Metaphorese Harold Skulsky
Metaphorical Assertions Merrie Bergmann
The Problem of the Essential Indexical John Perry
References

JAY L. GARFIELD, an associate professor of philosophy in the School of Communications and Cognitive Science at Hampshire College, is also a member of the Core Faculty of the University of Massachusetts Cognitive Science Institute. His previous books are Belief in Psychology, Cognitive Science: An Introduction, and Foundations of Cognitive Science: The Essential Readings.

MURRAY KITELEY is the Sophia Smith Professor Emertius of Philosophy at Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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