Insensitive semantics : a defense of semantic minimalism and speech act pluralism


Insensitive semantics : a defense of semantic minimalism and speech act pluralism

Herman Cappelen and Ernie Lepore

Blackwell, 2005

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-214) and index



"Insensitive Semantics" is an overview of and contribution to the debates about how to accommodate context sensitivity within a theory of human communication, investigating the effects of context on communicative interaction and, as a corollary, what a context of utterance is and what it is to be in one. This work: provides detailed and wide-ranging overviews of the central positions and arguments surrounding contextualism; addresses broad and varied aspects of the distinction between the semantic and non-semantic content of language; defends a distinctive and explanatorily powerful combination of semantic minimalism and speech act pluralism; and, confronts core problems which not only run to the heart of philosophy of language and linguistics, but which arise in epistemology, metaphysics, and moral philosophy as well.


Preface.Acknowledgements.1. Overview.Part I: From Moderate to Radical Contextualism.2. Exegesis: The Methodology of Contextualism.3. The Instability of Context Shifting Arguments.4. Diagnosis: Why Context Shifting Arguments are Misused.5. The Instability of Incompleteness Arguments.6. Digressions: Binding and Hidden Indexicals.Part II: Refutation of Radical Contextualism.7. Objections to Radical Contextualism (I): Fails Context Sensitivity Tests.8. Objection to Radical Contextualism (II):Makes Communication Impossible.9. Objections to Radical Contextualism (III): Internal Inconsistencies.Part III: Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism.10. Semantic Minimalism.11. Semantics and Metaphysics.12. Semantics and Psychology.13. Speech Act Pluralism.References.Index

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