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Meaning without Truth$
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Stefano Predelli

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695638

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695638.001.0001

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Demonstratives and Demonstrations

Demonstratives and Demonstrations

(p.179) 11 Demonstratives and Demonstrations
Meaning without Truth

Stefano Predelli

Oxford University Press

According to common consensus, the meaning of a demonstrative demands that its use be accompanied by a demonstration, at least in some wide sense of ‘demonstration’. This chapter criticizes the main theories of demonstratives, and argues that a proper account of the role of demonstrations must appeal to the Theory of Bias. The resulting picture of demonstratives is consonant with the so-called bare-boned approach. The chapter ends with a discussion of the consequences of the bare-boned theory for the distinction between pure indexicals and demonstratives, and for the phenomenon of multiple occurrences of demonstratives.

Keywords:   demonstratives, demonstrations, bare-boned theory, pure indexicals

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