Two-dimensional Semantics

Paperback | April 6, 2006

EditorManuel Garcia-Carpintero, Josep Macia

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According to two-dimensional semantics, the meaning of an expression involves two different "dimensions": one dimension involves reference and truth-conditions of a familiar sort, while the other dimension involves the way that reference and truth-conditions depend on the external world (forexample, reference and truth-conditions might be held to depend on which individuals and substances are present in the world, or on which linguistic conventions are in place). A number of different two-dimensional frameworks have been developed, and these have been applied to a number of fundamentalproblems in philosophy: the nature of communication, the relation between the necessary and the a priori, the role of context in assertion, Frege's distinction between sense and reference, the contents of thought, and the mind-body problem. Manuel Garcia-Carpintero and Josep Macia present a selection of new essays by an outstanding international team, shedding fresh light both on foundational issues regarding two-dimensional semantics and on its specific applications. The volume will be the starting-point for future work on thisapproach to issues in philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics.

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According to two-dimensional semantics, the meaning of an expression involves two different "dimensions": one dimension involves reference and truth-conditions of a familiar sort, while the other dimension involves the way that reference and truth-conditions depend on the external world (forexample, reference and truth-conditions might...

Manuel Garcia-Carpintero is at University of Barcelona. Josep Macia is at University of Barcelona.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.88 inPublished:April 6, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199272026

ISBN - 13:9780199272020

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Table of Contents

1. Manuel Garcia-Carpintero and Josep Macia: Introduction2. Richard Breheny: Anaphoric reference and context sets3. Alex Byrne and James Pryor: Bad intensions4. David Chalmers: The foundations of two-dimensional semantics5. Martin Davies: Reference, contingency, and the two-dimensional framework6. Gareth Evans: Letter to Martin Davies7. Manuel Garcia-Carpintero: Two-dimensionalism: a neo-Fregean interpretation8. Martine Nida-Rumelin: Phenomenal belief and phenomenal concepts9. Christopher Peacocke: Moral rationalism10. Francois Recanati: Indexical concepts11. Cara Spencer: Keeping track of objects in conversation12. Scott Soames: Kripke, the necessary aposteriori, and the two-dimensionalist heresy13. Robert Stalnaker: Assertion revisited: on the interpretation of two-dimensional modal semantics14. Kai-Yee Wong: Two-dimenisonalisma and Kripkean A Posteriori Necessity15. Stephen Yablo: Illusions of possibility