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Contexts: Meaning, Truth, and the Use of Language

Stefano Predelli


This book discusses the views of meaning and truth implicit in the traditionalapproach to natural-language semantics. Its main thesis is that the philosophical presuppositions entailed by that approach have often been misunderstood even by its foremost defenders, and that such a misunderstanding has fuelled an unjustified but increasingly popular sceptical attitude. This conclusion is defended by focusing on the distinction between the essential philosophical traits of traditional natural-language semantics, and certain accidental features allegedly characteristic of some of its typical applic ... More

Keywords: meaning, truth, natural-language semantics, utterance, indexical, attitude report, fiction, approximation, contextual dependence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199281732
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199281734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefano Predelli, author
University of Nottingham
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