Robert C. Stalnaker

in Context and Content

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198237075
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598456 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series


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Pragmatics—the study of language in relation to the uses of language and the context of its use ‐ is distinguished from semantics—the study of the propositional content of what is expressed in language. Pragmatic presupposition is distinguished from semantic presupposition. The apparatus developed is used to clarify Keith Donnellan's distinction between referential and attributive uses of definite descriptions.

Keywords: context; definite description; Donnellan; pragmatics; presupposition; propositional content; reference; semantics

Chapter.  7066 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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