Simple Sentences, Substitution, and Intuitions

Paperback | August 8, 2010

byJennifer M. Saul

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The phenomenon of substitution failure is a longstanding focus of discussion for philosophers of language. Substitution failure occurs when a change from one co-referential name to another (e.g. from 'Superman' to 'Clark Kent') affects the truth-value of a sentence. Jennifer Saul has shownthat this can occur even in the simplest of sentences. She presents the first full-length treatment of this puzzling feature of language, and explores its implications for the theory of reference and names, and for the methodology of semantics.

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The phenomenon of substitution failure is a longstanding focus of discussion for philosophers of language. Substitution failure occurs when a change from one co-referential name to another (e.g. from 'Superman' to 'Clark Kent') affects the truth-value of a sentence. Jennifer Saul has shownthat this can occur even in the simplest of sen...

Jennifer Saul is a professor of philosophy at the University of Sheffield. She is Co-Editor for Feminism entries for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and on the Editorial Board for Symposia in Gender, Race, and Philosophy. She is on the Executive Committee for the Aristotelian Society and the Society for Women in Philosophy, an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:August 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Substitution and Simple Sentences2. Simple Sentences and Semantics3. Simple Sentences and Implicatures4. The Enlightenment Problem, and a Common Assumption5. Abandoning (EOI)6. Beyond Matching PropositionsAppendix A: Extending the AccountAppendix B: Belief Reporting