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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


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


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