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The Death of Meaning

Gilbert Harman

in Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238027
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238029.003.0006
 The Death of Meaning

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Provides a sympathetic account of Quine's rejection of analyticity, language‐independent meanings, and other intensional objects. Explains Quine's thesis of the indeterminacy of radical translation in terms of the example of various ways to translate number theory to set theory. Elaborates a positive Quinean theory of meaning, which puts weight on translation, where translation is not a strict equivalence relation.

Keywords: analyticity; indeterminacy; meaning; Quine; radical translation; translation

Chapter.  8494 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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