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Reflections on Meaning$
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Paul Horwich

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019925124X.001.0001

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The Space of Issues and Options

The Space of Issues and Options

(p.1) 1 The Space of Issues and Options
Reflections on Meaning

Paul Horwich (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter presents an overview of central issues that must be confronted in developing a decent account of meaning, with various positions that might be taken with respect to them, and with some of the arguments that can be given for and against these positions. Topics addressed include forms of scepticism about meaning, the pros and cons of reductionism, the relationship between language and thought, the compositionality of sentence-meanings from word-meanings, the normative import of meaning, individualism, externalism, and the promise of a deflationary theory.

Keywords:   scepticism, reductionism, language, thought, compositionality, normative, individualism, externalism, deflationary

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