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Meaning and Semantics

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/10.1093/0198238029.003.0012
 Meaning and Semantics

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Rejects several arguments for the claim that a theory of meaning ought to take the form of a theory of truth. Sketches a conceptual role semantics in which the meanings of logical constants are determined in large part by implications involving those logical constants, where implication is to be explained in terms of truth. Although truth‐conditions are sometimes relevant to meaning, this is only the case for the meanings of logical constants.

Keywords: logical constants; logical implication; meaning; semantics; theory of truth; truth

Chapter.  5981 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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