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A Metasemantic Account of Vagueness

Agustín Rayo

in Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter defends a metasemantic account of vagueness, which is based on the following three theses: (1) The meaningfulness of our sentences depends on the prevalence of suitable linguistic ... More


Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics

Alexis Burgess, Herman Cappelen, and David Plunkett (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198801856
eISBN:
9780191840418
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198801856.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Conceptual engineering is a branch of philosophy that is concerned with assessing representational devices such as concepts and words. Conceptual engineers looks for the problems with such devices ... More


Meaning in Linguistic Interaction: Semantics, Metasemantics, Philosophy of Language

Kasia M. Jaszczolt

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780199602469
eISBN:
9780191815867
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602469.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The book contains a semantic and metasemantic inquiry into the representation of meaning in linguistic interaction. It offers a new contextualist take on the semantics/pragmatics boundary issue, ... More


Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning

Alexis Burgess and Brett Sherman (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199669592
eISBN:
9780191784316
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669592.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

This book comprises new work on the philosophical foundations of linguistic semantics by a diverse group of established and emerging experts in the philosophy of language, metaphysics, and the theory ... More


Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness

Ori Simchen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198792147
eISBN:
9780191837807
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792147.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

A large concern in contemporary philosophy of language after Quine is semantic indeterminacy, the worry that there is no fact of the matter as to the semantic significance of our words. This book ... More


The Science of Meaning: Essays on the Metatheory of Natural Language Semantics

Derek Ball and Brian Rabern (eds)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198739548
eISBN:
9780191864100
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198739548.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

Semantics is the systematic study of linguistic meaning. The past fifty years have seen an explosion of research into the semantics of natural languages. There are now sophisticated theories of ... More


Meaning Diminished: Toward Metaphysically Modest Semantics

Kenneth A. Taylor

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198803447
eISBN:
9780191841620
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803447.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book examines the dialectical role of semantic analysis within metaphysical inquiry. It argues that semantic analysis ought to be modest in its metaphysical pretensions in the sense that ... More


Deontic Modality

Nate Charlow and Matthew Chrisman (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198717928
eISBN:
9780191787393
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717928.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics/Epistemology

An extraordinary amount of recent work by philosophers of language, meta-ethicists, and semanticists has focused on the meaning and function of language expressing normative concepts having to do ... More


Metasemantics, Metasemantic Superstructure, and Metasemantic Base

Herman Cappelen

in Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198814719
eISBN:
9780191852404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814719.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter introduces the topic of metasemantics, developing a distinction between a metasemantic base and a metasemantic superstructure. Conceptual engineering is concerned with the meanings of ... More


Fregean Sense First

Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa and Benjamin W. Jarvis

in The Rules of Thought

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199661800
eISBN:
9780191748325
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661800.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter concerns deductive reasoning. It is of note that subjects are not generally rationally permitted to jointly accept propositions that are logically inconsistent. This fact illustrates the ... More


Functionalism to the Rescue?

Herman Cappelen and Josh Dever

in The Inessential Indexical: On the Philosophical Insignificance of Perspective and the First Person

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199686742
eISBN:
9780191766824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686742.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter first distinguishes two versions of the rescue-by-functionalism strategy: Attack (a functionalist metasemantics will provide a positive argument in favour of a revisionary indexical or ... More


Revisionary Analysis without Meaning Change (Or, Could Women Be Analytically Oppressed?)

Derek Ball

in Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198801856
eISBN:
9780191840418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198801856.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter develops a conception of philosophical analysis which makes sense of the idea that a correct analysis can be revisionary (in that it departs from ordinary or expert belief and linguistic ... More


Conceptual Engineering: The Master Argument

Herman Cappelen

in Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198801856
eISBN:
9780191840418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198801856.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter develops and defends the Master Argument for Conceptual Engineering: (1) If W is a word that has a meaning M, then there are many similar meanings, M1,M2,...,Mn, W could have. (2) We ... More


Getting a Moral Thing into a Thought: Metasemantics for Non-Naturalists

Preston Werner

in Oxford Studies in Metaethics Volume 15

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198859512
eISBN:
9780191891861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198859512.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

Non-naturalism is the view that normative properties are response-independent, irreducible to natural properties, and causally inefficacious. An underexplored question for non-naturalism concerns the ... More


Moderate Intuitionism: A Metasemantic Account

Michael Johnson

in Intuitions

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199609192
eISBN:
9780191758973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609192.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Recent empirical work suggests that intuitions may be less reliable than previously assumed. However, given the ubiquity of intuition in philosophical reasoning, it is tempting to give intuitions ... More


The Metaphysical Modesty of Narrowly Linguistic Semantics

Kenneth A. Taylor

in Meaning Diminished: Toward Metaphysically Modest Semantics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198803447
eISBN:
9780191841620
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803447.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Some foundational assumptions of the generative paradigm in linguistic semantics are outlined. It is argued that they do not suffice, on their own, to license the drawing of metaphysically immodest ... More


Discourse Contextualism I: Epistemic Modals in Discourse

Alex Silk

in Discourse Contextualism: A Framework for Contextualist Semantics and Pragmatics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198783923
eISBN:
9780191826573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783923.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The third chapter develops a Discourse Contextualist account of discourse dynamics with epistemic modals. It is shown how distinctive discourse properties of epistemic modals can be derived from a ... More


Extension I: Deontic Modals

Alex Silk

in Discourse Contextualism: A Framework for Contextualist Semantics and Pragmatics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198783923
eISBN:
9780191826573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783923.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Chapter 5 begins to develop an improved contextualist account of normative language by applying the Discourse Contextualist framework to deontic modals. Though epistemic modals and deontic modals ... More


Extension III Predicates of Personal Taste and Evaluation

Alex Silk

in Discourse Contextualism: A Framework for Contextualist Semantics and Pragmatics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198783923
eISBN:
9780191826573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783923.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Chapter 7 starts by examining “predicates of personal taste” (PPTs). It is argued that PPTs are an instance of a more interesting category of evaluational predicates, including PPTs, aesthetic ... More


Case Study I: Productivism and Self-Reference

Ori Simchen

in Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198792147
eISBN:
9780191837807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792147.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter is a case study in productivist metasemantics. Token-reflexivity is commonly understood as reference of a token to a token of which it is a part, proper or not. It may be compared with ... More


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