Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning by Alexis Burgess, Brett Sherman

By Alexis Burgess, Brett Sherman

Metasemantics contains new paintings at the philosophical foundations of linguistic semantics, via a various team of demonstrated and rising specialists within the philosophy of language, metaphysics, and the idea of content material. The technological know-how of semantics aspires to systematically specify the meanings of linguistic expressions in context.

The paradigmatic metasemantic query is for that reason: what extra uncomplicated or primary gains of the area metaphysically ensure those semantic proof? Efforts to respond to this question unavoidably bring up others. the place are the limits of semantics? what's the essence of the that means relation? Which framework should still we use for semantic theorizing? What are the intrinsic natures of semantic values? Are the semantic proof metaphysically determinate? what's semantic competence?

Metasemantic inquiry has lengthy been famous as a crucial a part of the philosophy of language, yet contemporary advancements in metaphysics and semantics itself now let us method those vintage questions with an remarkable measure of precision. The essays amassed right here supply promising new views on previous difficulties, pose questions that recommend novel study tasks, and brought jointly, significantly sharpen our figuring out of linguistic illustration.

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Thesis, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. 1 This predicament isn’t peculiar to the philosophy of language, of course. Metaphysics increasingly turns questions over to physics; ethics to moral psychology; and so on. According to one familiar cartoon history of philosophy molting is the status quo. 2 See Stanley (2008) for a detailed survey of 20th‐century philosophy of language. 3 This is not to say that we can draw a sharp line between linguistics and philosophy of language; or science and philosophy more generally.

Issues like these may verge on basic metasemantics, if we take metaphysical indeterminacy to be a matter of under‐determination by more basic or fundamental facts. 30 But debates over the possibility or actuality of this sort of indeterminacy obviously outrun the provision of bases for semantic facts, precisely because these debates have to do with the putative absence of such bases in certain cases. And of course there are competing models of metaphysical indeterminacy that would strain the apparent connection to basic metasemantics.

To Scott Soames for his thoughtful preface, and to Gideon Rosen for his moral support.

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