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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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The Vagaries of Use, Part One

The Vagaries of Use, Part One

(p.24) 2 The Vagaries of Use, Part One
Meaning without Truth

Stefano Predelli

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the semantic effects of different ‘theories of use’, with particular attention to face-to-face uses. In particular, it focuses on the distinction between sentences that are true by virtue of character alone, and sentences that are ‘true whenever they are used’. This distinction leads to the definitions of the locutions ‘a sentence is settled with respect to a theory of use T’ and ‘an expression settles a sentence with respect to T’. The chapter ends with a discussion of ‘semantically trivial’ transformation, so-called ‘mere rephrasings’, which affect a sentence’s status as settled.

Keywords:   character, use, face-to-face use, settlement

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