Meaning Without Representation: Essays on Truth, Expression, Normativity, and Naturalism by Steven Gross

Meaning Without Representation: Essays on Truth, Expression, Normativity, and Naturalism

EditorSteven Gross, Nicholas Tebben, Michael Williams

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Much contemporary thinking about language is animated by the idea that the core function of language is to represent how the world is and that therefore the notion of representation should play a fundamental explanatory role in any explanation of language and language use. Leading thinkers inthe field explore various ways this idea may be challenged as well as obstacles to developing various forms of anti-representationalism. Particular attention is given to deflationary accounts of truth, the role of language in expressing mental states, and the normative and the natural as they relateto issues of representation. The chapters further various fundamental debates in metaphysics--for example, concerning the question of finding a place for moral properties in a naturalistic world-view--and illuminate the relation of the recent neo-pragmatist revival to the expressivist stream inanalytic philosophy of language.

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Steven Gross is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, with affiliations as well with the Departments of Cognitive Science and of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University. Gross has published on a variety of topics in philosophy of language and philosophy of min...

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Title:Meaning Without Representation: Essays on Truth, Expression, Normativity, and NaturalismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:September 20, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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INTRODUCTIONNicholas Tebben: Anti-Representational Semantics: Four ThemesTRUTH AND REFERENCE1. Rebecca Kukla and Eric Winsberg: Deflationism, Pragmatism, and Metaphysics2. Steven Gross: Does the Expressive Role of 'True' Preclude Deflationary Davidsonian Semantics3. Alexis Burgess: An Inferential Account of Referential Success4. Michael Glanzberg: Representation and the Modern Correspondence Theory of Truth5. Dean Pettit: Deflationism, Truth, and AccuracyEXPRESSION AND EXPRESSIVISM6. Mark Richard: What Would an Expressivist Semantics Be?7. Mark Schroeder: Hard Cases for Combining Expressivism and Deflationist Truth: Conditionals and Epistemic Modals8. Dorit Bar-On: Expression: Acts, Products, and Meaning9. Allan Gibbard: Global Expressivism and the Truth in Representation10. Anandi Hattiangadi: The Limits of ExpressivismNORMATIVITY11. Michael Patrick Lynch: Pragmatism and the Price of Truth12. Cheryl Misak: Pragmatism and the Function of Truth13. Mark Lance: Life is not a Box-Score: Lived Normativity, Abstract Evaluation, and the Is/Ought DistinctionNATURALISM14. Huw Price: Idling and Sidling Towards Philosophical Peace15. Paul Boghossian: Is (Determinate) Meaning a Naturalistic Phenomenon?16. Paul Horwich: Kripke's WittgensteinIndex