Meaning and truth: investigations in philosophical semantics by Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, David Shier

By Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, David Shier

The 1st quantity within the issues IN modern PHILOSOPHY sequence comprises 15 essays on more than a few issues within the philosophy of language via major authors within the box. every one essay investigates a few element of philosophical semantics; one of the subject matters addressed are the character of fact, the relation among fact and which means, the semantic nature of quantifiers, and the excellence among semantics and pragmatics.

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Sentence (), for example, () Bobby hasn’t taken a bath. though likely to be used to convey that Bobby hasn’t taken a bath lately, can itself be true only in the unlikely event that Bobby has never taken a bath. Similarly, () and (), though used to convey truths, are likely to be literally false by minimalist standards: () That car doesn’t look expensive—it is expensive. () Nobody goes there any more—it’s too crowded. (once uttered by Yogi Berra) Why should the prediction that these sentences are literally false lead to an objection to minimalism?

So here is a case where they themselves seem committed to my argument’s applicability. Yet McLaughlin and Tye go on to insist that no one has ever held that we can have privileged access to the contents of our own thoughts, when these contents are singular propositions (p. ). The question is, how can they consistently say this, when they themselves endorse PAC, and PAC certainly seems to imply this very consequence which, they claim, no one has ever held? Suppose that () Jones is thinking that Cicero is an orator, where, we assume, the sentence ‘Cicero is an orator’ expresses a singular proposition with Cicero as a constituent, so that () ascribes to Jones a thought that has this proposition as its content.

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