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The Seas of Language

Michael Dummett

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198236214
eISBN:
9780191597350
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198236212.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The book contains articles in metaphysics and philosophy of language written between 1975 and 1992. Dummett defends the verificationist theory of meaning, according to which in order to know the ... More


A Use Theory of Meaning

Paul Horwich

in Reflections on Meaning

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199251247
eISBN:
9780191603983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019925124X.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

How should we go about trying to identify which particular underlying property of a given word is responsible for its meaning? And what sort of property will that turn out to be? The answers ... More


Norms of Truth and Meaning

Paul Horwich

in Reflections on Meaning

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199251247
eISBN:
9780191603983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019925124X.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Truth and meaning each have evaluative import. However, contrary to Dummett, Gibbard, Brandom, and many others, these notions are not constitutively normative — they are not themselves evaluative ... More


The Hierarchy of Levels and the Syntactic Priority Thesis

Richard Gaskin

in The Unity of the Proposition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199239450
eISBN:
9780191716997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239450.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter considers in more detail the charge of arbitrariness lodged against Frege's philosophical grammar in Chapter 3. Frege conceives expressions and their referents to be arranged in ... More


The Concept of Truth in Frege's Program (1984)

TYLER BURGE

in Truth, Thought, Reason: Essays on Frege

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199278534
eISBN:
9780191706943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278534.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter provides a brief overview of the role of Frege's concept of truth in his logicist program. It discusses the argument in Frege that gave rise to the Church–Gödel ‘slingshot’ argument: his ... More


Frege on Truth (1986)

TYLER BURGE

in Truth, Thought, Reason: Essays on Frege

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199278534
eISBN:
9780191706943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278534.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter shows that Frege's argument that sentences have truth values as their Bedeutungen (denotations) depends on his composition principle for denotation and on his view of the theoretically ... More


Vagueness, Observation, and Sorites

Charles Travis

in Occasion-Sensitivity: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199230334
eISBN:
9780191710605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230334.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Frege believes that vagueness leads to inconsistency in language, and Michael Dummett has suggested that he may have been right, at least in some cases. Dummett writes: ‘the use of vague predicates — ... More


Sublunary Intuitionism

Charles Travis

in Occasion-Sensitivity: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199230334
eISBN:
9780191710605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230334.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Truth matters to all those capable of thinking falsely (so of thinking things); but to philosophers in a special way. Philosophers have spoken volumes on the topic. One such example is Michael ... More


Reference, Inference, and the Semantics of Pejoratives

Timothy Williamson

in The Philosophy of David Kaplan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195367881
eISBN:
9780199867585
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367881.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues that Dummett's inferentialist account of pejoratives in natural language is quite mistaken, and provides an alternative account within the framework of referentialist semantics. ... More


Long Live the Manifestation Argument

Neil Tennant

in The Taming of the True

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199251605
eISBN:
9780191698057
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251605.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

This chapter aims to remedy the deficiencies exposed in philosopher Michael Dummett's manifestation argument as directed against the principle of bivalence. It evaluates the application of the ... More


Moods and Performances

Donald Davidson

in Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246298
eISBN:
9780191715181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246297.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Davidson collapsed the theory of sense into the theory of reference in Essay 2; he now asks whether he can do likewise with a theory of force, i.e. whether a truth theory can accommodate what mood ... More


Communication and Convention

Donald Davidson

in Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246298
eISBN:
9780191715181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246297.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Davidson discusses the use the concept of convention has for illuminating linguistic behaviour and related semantic concepts. In particular, he discusses theories on which conventions connect (1) ... More


Postscript

Paul Horwich

in Truth

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198752233
eISBN:
9780191597732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198752237.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This addresses criticisms of minimalism that have been raised by Anil Gupta, Mark Richard, Donald Davidson, Crispin Wright, Scott Soames, Michael Dummett, Paul Boghossian, and Michael Devitt.


Introduction

Timothy McCarthy

in Radical Interpretation and Indeterminacy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145069
eISBN:
9780199833436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145062.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Serves three main purposes: first, it lays out and attempts to justify the methodological point of view of the investigation. Secondly, it situates the theory put forward in the context of the recent ... More


The priority thesis: judgement over naming

John Collins

in The Unity of Linguistic Meaning

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199694846
eISBN:
9780191732027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694846.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

In the previous chapter, two unity problems were distinguished: an interpretive and a combinatorial problem. The former problem was deemed to be explanatorily secondary to the latter one, which is ... More


Introduction

Paul Horwich

in Meaning

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238249
eISBN:
9780191597725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019823824X.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

We begin by mentioning various important philosophical problems whose solutions call for an account of meaning: problems concerning the nature of truth, thought, justification, and philosophy. The ... More


Norms of Language

Paul Horwich

in Meaning

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238249
eISBN:
9780191597725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019823824X.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

It is often maintained (following Dummett and Kripke) that the normative aspects of language put a substantial constraint on our conceptions of meaning and truth—to the extent, some would say, of ... More


 The project

Alex Oliver and Timothy Smiley

in Plural Logic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199570423
eISBN:
9780191755866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570423.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

This introductory chapter surveys plural phenomena and argues for their logical significance. Terms may be classified as singular or plural, according to the number of things they are capable of ... More


 Predicative analyses

Alex Oliver and Timothy Smiley

in Plural Logic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199570423
eISBN:
9780191755866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570423.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues against predicative analyses of plurality, which turn an apparently plural term into a singular predicate standing for a concept or property. Like the strategy of changing the ... More


 Lists

Alex Oliver and Timothy Smiley

in Plural Logic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199570423
eISBN:
9780191755866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570423.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

A list such as ‘Whitehead and Russell’ may be construed as a plural term denoting the two logicians. So regarded, a list is a kind of functional term, with the list-forming ‘and’ a function sign ... More


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