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The Unity of Linguistic Meaning$
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John Collins

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199694846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694846.001.0001

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The reign of disunity

The reign of disunity

(p.74) 4 The reign of disunity
The Unity of Linguistic Meaning

John Collins

Oxford University Press

The present chapter will survey a range of diverse approaches to the unity problem offered by Horwich, Wiggins, Gibson, Gaskin, and various multiple-relation theories. The discussion will not be exhaustive, of course; in particular, accounts due to Jeff King and Scott Soames will be discussed in chapter 6, for their discussion requires some background. The criticism of the approaches to be considered presently will be that each of them either fails on its own terms or is inconsistent with the demands of our desiderata on an adequate solution. I shall reach a somewhat different conclusion as regards the so-called multiple relation theory of Russell. While ultimately unsuccessful, I think, the theory does point us in the direction of the solution to be entertained in the following chapter.

Keywords:   multiple relation theory, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, infinite regress

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