Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning

Hardcover | November 7, 2014

EditorAlexis Burgess, Brett Sherman

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Metasemantics comprises new work on the philosophical foundations of linguistic semantics, by a diverse group of established and emerging experts in the philosophy of language, metaphysics, and the theory of content. The science of semantics aspires to systematically specify the meanings oflinguistic expressions in context. The paradigmatic metasemantic question is accordingly: what more basic or fundamental features of the world metaphysically determine these semantic facts? Efforts to answer this question inevitably raise others. Where are the boundaries of semantics? What is theessence of the meaning relation? Which framework should we use for semantic theorizing? What are the intrinsic natures of semantic values? Are the semantic facts metaphysically determinate? What is semantic competence? Metasemantic inquiry has long been recognized as a central part of the philosophy of language, but recent developments in metaphysics and semantics itself now allow us to approach these classic questions with an unprecedented degree of precision. The essays collected here provide promising newperspectives on old problems, pose questions that suggest novel research projects, and taken together, greatly sharpen our understanding of linguistic representation.

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Metasemantics comprises new work on the philosophical foundations of linguistic semantics, by a diverse group of established and emerging experts in the philosophy of language, metaphysics, and the theory of content. The science of semantics aspires to systematically specify the meanings oflinguistic expressions in context. The paradig...

Alexis Burgess is an assistant professor of philosophy at Stanford University. He works mainly at the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophy of language. His articles have appeared in journals like Linguistics and Philosophy, Nous, and The Australasian Journal of Philosophy. With John P. Burgess, he is co-author of Truth (Prin...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Scott Soames: PrefaceAlexis Burgess and Brett Sherman: Introduction: A Plea for the Metaphysics of Meaning1. Seth Yalcin: Semantics and Metasemantics in the Context of Generative Grammar2. Michael Caie: Metasemantics and Metaphysical Indeterminacy3. Jeffrey C. King: The Metasemantics of Contextual-Sensitivity4. Alejandro Perez Carballo: Semantic Hermeneutics5. Mark Greenberg: Troubles for Content I6. Mark Greenberg: Troubles for Content II: Explaining Grounding7. Amie L. Thomasson: Deflationism in Semantics and Metaphysics8. Sam Cumming: Discourse Content9. Karen S. Lewis: Do We Need Dynamic Semantics?10. Michael Glanzberg: Explanation and Partiality in Semantic Theory11. Matti Eklund: Replacing Truth?12. Isidora Stojanovic: Prepragmatics: Widening the Semantics/Pragmatics Boundary13. Richard G. Heck, Jr.: Semantics and Context-Dependence: Towards a Strawsonian Account