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Meaning and its Place in the Language Faculty

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.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter considers the phenomenon of meaning from the perspective of Chomsky’s ‘I-linguistics’ and his empirical postulation of the ‘language faculty’. After a sketch of that model, the question ... More


Deflationist Views of Meaning and Content

Hartry Field

in Truth and the Absence of Fact

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199242894
eISBN:
9780191597381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199242895.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Attempts to motivate and clarify a radically ‘deflationist’ view of the relations of ‘meaning that’ and ‘having the content that’, and to defend it against many of the arguments that are widely ... More


(Nonsolipsistic) Conceptual Role Semantics

Gilbert Harman

in Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238027
eISBN:
9780191597633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238029.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The use of symbols in calculation and other thinking is to be distinguished from the use of symbols in communication. Grice's analysis of speaker meaning fails for certain uses of symbols in ... More


Mental Representation

Hartry Field

in Truth and the Absence of Fact

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199242894
eISBN:
9780191597381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199242895.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Argues for postulating an inner ‘language’ in which thinking takes place, and proposes a means by which this postulate can be construed on functionalist lines. The functional theory is a purely ... More


Truly Understood

Christopher Peacocke

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199239443
eISBN:
9780191717000
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239443.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book argues that truth and reference have a much deeper role in the explanation of meaning and understanding than has hitherto been appreciated. Examination of specific concepts shows that a ... More


The Rules of Thought

Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa and Benjamin W. Jarvis

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199661800
eISBN:
9780191748325
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661800.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

The Rules of Thought develops a Fregean theory of mental content and a rationalist approach to epistemology. According to the Fregean theory of mental content developed in Part I, ... More


Reference and Reasons

Christopher Peacocke

in Truly Understood

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199239443
eISBN:
9780191717000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239443.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter examines the link between reference and reasons. It argues that if the hypothesis linking reference and reasons is correct, the norms distinctive of a particular concept cannot be ... More


Three Levels of Meaning

Gilbert Harman

in Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238027
eISBN:
9780191597633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238029.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Three conceptions of meaning of meaning can be distinguished — meaning as conceptual role, meaning as communicated thought and meaning as speech‐act potential. At one time, these were conceived as ... More


Stalnaker on Intentionality

Hartry Field

in Truth and the Absence of Fact

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199242894
eISBN:
9780191597381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199242895.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Argues that there are two reasons for ascribing to mental states, structures more fine‐grained than the sets of possible world they represent: first, fine‐grained structure enters naturally into the ... More


Logical Complexity and Semantic Normativity

Stephen J Barker

in Renewing Meaning: A Speech-Act Theoretic Approach

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780199263660
eISBN:
9780191601354
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199263663.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

I deal with the cognitive states expressed by de dicto logically complex sentences–those that are expressives, such as negations, disjunctions, universal noun phrase sentences, and adverbs of ... More


Cognitive Phenomenology: Real Life

Galen Strawson

in Cognitive Phenomenology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199579938
eISBN:
9780191731112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579938.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Cognitive phenomenology starts from something that has been obscured in much recent analytic philosophy: the fact that lived conscious experience isn't just a matter of sensation or feeling, but is ... More


Truth beyond All Verification

Brian Loar

in Consciousness and Meaning: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199673353
eISBN:
9780191758935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673353.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Loar agrees with Dummett that “if a realist understanding of statements were not manifestable in behavior, there would be something wrong with realism.” But, unlike Dummett, Loar thinks a grasp of ... More


Radical Interpretation and the Referential Stability of Wrongness

J. Robert G. Williams

in The Metaphysics of Representation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198850205
eISBN:
9780191884672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198850205.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter is one of three that draws out the consequences of Radical Interpretation for how concepts represent the world. This chapter introduces a famous ‘moral twin earth’ puzzle about the ... More


Phenomenal Intentionality as the Basis of Mental Content

Brian Loar

in Consciousness and Meaning: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199673353
eISBN:
9780191758935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673353.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In this chapter, one of his last papers, Loar brings together all the major themes of his work on phenomenal intentionality. He mounts a grand defense for the idea that in addition to referential ... More


Subjective Intentionality

Brian Loar

in Consciousness and Meaning: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199673353
eISBN:
9780191758935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673353.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Loar defends narrow content, focusing on two objections briefly taken up in his “Social Content and Psychological Content”: the Argument from That-clauses, and the Argument from Unmotivation. In ... More


An Inferential Account of Referential Success

Alexis Burgess

in Meaning Without Representation: Essays on Truth, Expression, Normativity, and Naturalism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198722199
eISBN:
9780191789045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722199.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Aesthetics

This chapter develops a new theory of referential success and failure, drawing on resources from deflationary theories of representation, conceptual-role semantics, and recent work in meta-ontology. ... More


The Phenomenal Basis of Intentionality

Angela Mendelovici

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780190863807
eISBN:
9780190863838
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190863807.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Some mental states seem to be "of" or "about" things or to "say" something. For example, a thought might represent that grass is green, and a visual experience might represent a blue cup. This is ... More


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