Occasion-Sensitivity: Selected Essays

Hardcover | February 28, 2008

byCharles Travis

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Charles Travis presents a series of essays in which he has developed his distinctive view of the relation of thought to language. The key idea is 'occasion-sensitivity: what it is for words to express a given concept is for them to be apt for contributing to any of many different conditions ofcorrectness (notably truth conditions). Since words mean what they do by expressing a given concept, it follows that meaning does not determine truth conditions. This view ties thoughts less tightly to the linguistic forms which express them than traditional views of the matter, and in twodirections: a given linguistic form, meaning fixed, may express an indefinite variety of thoughts; one thought can be expressed in an indefinite number of syntactically and semantically distinct ways. Travis highlights the importance of this view for linguistic theory, and shows how it gives newform to a variety of traditional philosophical problems.

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Charles Travis presents a series of essays in which he has developed his distinctive view of the relation of thought to language. The key idea is 'occasion-sensitivity: what it is for words to express a given concept is for them to be apt for contributing to any of many different conditions ofcorrectness (notably truth conditions). Sin...

Charles Travis is a Professor of Philosophy at King's College in London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:February 28, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Occasion Sensitivity1. On What Is Strictly Speaking True2. Annals of Analysis3. Meaning's Role in Truth4. Pragmatics5. Sublunary Intuitionism6. Insensitive Semantics7. Aristotle's ConditionPart II: Applications8. Are Belief Ascriptions Opaque?9. Vagueness, Observation and Sorites10. Attitudes as States11. On Concepts of Objects12. On Constraints of Generality13. A Sense of Occasion