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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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Obstinacy and Reflexivity

Obstinacy and Reflexivity

(p.198) 12 Obstinacy and Reflexivity
Meaning without Truth

Stefano Predelli

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the semantic properties of typical uses of ‘hereby’, as in ‘I hereby pronounce you husband and wife’. Section two defends a demonstrative analysis of the truth-conditional properties of ‘hereby’, but highlights its insufficiency as an account of its self-referential, reflexive behaviour. After a criticism of the ‘Extended Indexical Hypothesis’ in section three, the chapter defends an account of ‘hereby’ as a biased demonstrative. The chapter ends with a promissory note, indicating some further areas to which the Theory of Bias may be applied.

Keywords:   hereby, self-reference, reflexivity

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