Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness by Ori Simchen

Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness

byOri Simchen

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Semantics aims to describe the significance (or meaning) of linguistic expressions in a systematic way. Metasemantics, or foundational semantics, asks how expressions gain their significance in the first place - what makes it the case that expressions mean what they do. Metasemantics has recently been discussed extensively by philosophers of language, philosophers of mind, and philosophically minded linguists and psychologists. A large concern is semantic indeterminacy, the worry that there is no fact of the matter as to the semantic significance of our words. OriSimchen offers a distinctly metasemantic strategy to counter this threat. Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness is the first book-length treatment of metasemantics and its relation to the thriving research program of truth-conditional semantics.

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Ori Simchen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He earned his MA in philosophy of science from Tel Aviv University and his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University. He is the author of Necessary Intentionality: A Study in the Metaphysics of Aboutness (Oxford University Press, 2012) and of various articles...
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Title:Semantics, Metasemantics, AboutnessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pagesPublished:March 18, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Metasemantics and Semantic AscentAppendix I: Lewisian Metasemantics2. The Case of Singular ReferenceAppendix II: Scrambled TruthAppendix III: Reference to Numbers3. Aboutness and Semantic Value4. Case Study I: Productivism and Self-Reference5. Case Study II: Metasemantics and Interpretation6. Conclusion: Semantic Determinacy