Meaning without Truth

Hardcover | August 25, 2013

byStefano Predelli

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Stefano Predelli presents an original account of the relationships between the central semantic notions of meaning and truth. Part One begins with the study of phenomena that have little or nothing to do with the effects of meaning on truth. Predelli warns against what he calls 'the Fallacy ofMisplaced Character', and is concerned with sentences such as 'there sometimes exist sentences containing exactly eight words', 'I am now uttering a non-contradictory sentence', or 'I exist'. In Part Two, he moves on to further cases which bear no interesting relations with questions of truth, but which, unlike those in Part One, have important repercussions on questions of meaning. The resulting 'Theory of Bias' is applied to expressive interjections (with a chapter about the logicalproperties of 'alas'), to instances of register and coarse slang, to honorifics and nicknames, and to derogatory slurs. Part Three draws from the previous two parts, and argues that some notorious semantic problems ought to be approached from the viewpoint of the Theory of Bias. Predelli starts withvocatives, dates, and signatures, and introduces the notion of 'obstinate indexicality', which then guides his solution to Quine's 'Giorgione' puzzle, his version of the demonstrative theory quotation, and his defence of the bare-boned approach to demonstratives and demonstrations.

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Stefano Predelli presents an original account of the relationships between the central semantic notions of meaning and truth. Part One begins with the study of phenomena that have little or nothing to do with the effects of meaning on truth. Predelli warns against what he calls 'the Fallacy ofMisplaced Character', and is concerned with...

Stefano Predelli completed his doctoral studies at UCLA in 1991, with a dissertation on indexicals supervised by David Kaplan. He then moved to Norway, where he taught for a few years at the University of Oslo. He is currently a professor at the University of Nottingham. His previous publications include Contexts: Meaning, Truth, and t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:August 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part One1. Preliminaries2. The Vagaries of Use, Part One3. The Vagaries of Use, Part TwoPart Two4. An Introduction to Non Truth-Conditional Meaning5. Register and Other Non Truth-Conditional Phenomena6. Derogatory Slurs7. Towards a Logic for 'Alas'Part Three8. Vocatives: Obstinacy and Recruitment9. Semaphores and Giorgione10. Davidsonian Quotation11. Demonstratives and Demonstrations12. Obstinacy and ReflexivityReferencesIndex