Meaning Without Truth Stefano Predelli

ISBN: 9780191502163

Published: May 14th 2014

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247 pages


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Meaning Without Truth  by  Stefano Predelli

Meaning Without Truth by Stefano Predelli
May 14th 2014 | Unknown Binding | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 247 pages | ISBN: 9780191502163 | 10.45 Mb

Stefano Predelli presents an original account of the relationships between the central semantic notions of meaning and truth. Part One begins with the study of phenomena that have little or nothing to do with the effects of meaning on truth. PredelliMoreStefano Predelli presents an original account of the relationships between the central semantic notions of meaning and truth. Part One begins with the study of phenomena that have little or nothing to do with the effects of meaning on truth.

Predelli warns against what he calls the Fallacy of Misplaced Character, and is concerned with sentences such as there sometimes exist sentences containing exactly eight words, I am now uttering a non-contradictory sentence, or I exist. In Part Two, he moves on to further cases which bear no interesting relations with questions of truth, but which, unlike those in Part One, have important repercussions on questions of meaning. The resulting Theory of Bias is applied to expressive interjections (with a chapter about the logical properties of alas), to instances of register and coarse slang, to honorifics and nicknames, and to derogatory slurs.

Part Three draws from the previous two parts, and argues that some notorious semantic problems ought to be approached from the viewpoint of the Theory of Bias. Predelli starts with vocatives, dates, and signatures, and introduces the notion of obstinate indexicality, which then guides his solution to Quines Giorgione puzzle, his version of the demonstrative theory quotation, and his defence of the bare-boned approach to demonstratives and demonstrations.



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