Meaning and Truth The Essential Readings in Modern Semantics

ISBN-10: 1557783004

ISBN-13: 9781557783004

Edition: 1998

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Contemporary semantic theory rests upon lively theoretical disputes about the meaning of words, the proper form of semantic theory, and, ultimately, on the very possibility of semantic theory itself. Jay L. Garfield and Murray Kiteley have collected, in Meaning and Truth, the definitive articles on the history of semantics and the primary voices debating the interpretation of description, the theory of truth intensionality, the structure of meaning, natural language, and the relation of semantics to pragmatics. The details, complexities, and charming eccentricities of language thus become visible against a background of abstract theory. Undergraduate and graduate students of semantics, linguistics, cognitive psychology, and philosophy of language will now be able to encounter all of the important theoretical debates of modern semantics in a single volume. Selections begin with the classic essay by Mill, "Of Names and Propositions," include such standards as "General Semantics" by Lewis and "Actualism" by Plantinga, and conclude with a chapter on "Linguistic Approaches to Semantics."
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
Publication date: 6/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

General Introduction
The Beginnings
Of Names and Propositions
On Sense and Nominatum
The Semantic Conception of Truth and the Foundations of Semantics Alfred Tarski
On Denoting
On Descriptions
On Referring
Mr. Strawson on Referring
Meaning and Necessity
Reference and Definite Descriptions
Speaker's Reference and Semantic Reference
Presupposition and Two-Dimensional Logic
On the Logic of Demonstratives
On Tarski
Truth and Meaning
Tarski's Theory of Truth
Physicalism and Primitive Denotation: Field on Tarski
Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes
On Saying That
An Overview of Montague Semantics
Subjectivity's Bailiwick and the Person of Its Bailiff
The Structure of Meaning
Two Types of Quantifiers
A Logical Theory of Verb-Phrase Deletion
Structured Meanings
Structural Ambiguity
Possible Worlds
Possible Worlds
Actualism and Possible Worlds
The Trouble with Possible Worlds
On Specificity
Metaphorical Assertions
The Problem of the Essential Indexical
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