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Occasion-Sensitivity: Selected Essays

Charles Travis


This book presents a series of chapters which develops the author's distinctive view of the relation of thought to language. The key idea is ‘occasion-sensitivity’: what it is for words to express a given concept is for them to be apt for contributing to any of many different conditions of correctness (notably truth conditions). Since words mean what they do by expressing a given concept, it follows that meaning does not determine truth conditions. This view ties thoughts less tightly to the linguistic forms which express them than traditional views of the matter, and in two directions: a give ... More

Keywords: thought, language, given concept, correctness, truth conditions, linguistic form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199230334
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230334.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Travis, author
King's College London
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