Reflections On Meaning

Paperback | November 10, 2005

byPaul Horwich

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Paul Horwich, one of the world's most distinguished philosophers, develops in this book his highly original deflationary conception of language. His main aim in Reflections on Meaning is to explain how mere noises, marks, gestures, and mental symbols are able to capture the world - that is,how words and sentences (in whatever medium) come to mean what they do, to stand for certain things, to be true or false of reality. His answer is an innovative development of Wittgenstein's idea that the meaning of a term is nothing more than its use.

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Paul Horwich, one of the world's most distinguished philosophers, develops in this book his highly original deflationary conception of language. His main aim in Reflections on Meaning is to explain how mere noises, marks, gestures, and mental symbols are able to capture the world - that is,how words and sentences (in whatever medium) ...

Paul Horwich is at Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.6 inPublished:November 10, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019925124X

ISBN - 13:9780199251247

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Preface1. The Space of Issues and Options2. A Use Theory of Meaning3. The Pseudo-Problem of Error4. The Sharpness of Vague Terms5. Norms of Truth and Meaning6. Meaning Constitution and Epistemic Rationality7. Meaning and its Place in the Faculty of Language8. Deflating Compositionality