(Nonsolipsistic) Conceptual Role Semantics

Gilbert Harman

in Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238027
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597633 | DOI:
 (Nonsolipsistic) Conceptual Role Semantics

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The use of symbols in calculation and other thinking is to be distinguished from the use of symbols in communication. Grice's analysis of speaker meaning fails for certain uses of symbols in calculation. Words and concepts have uses, not sentences or whole thoughts. Concepts have uses or functional roles in perception; inference and practical reasoning are to be understood in terms of ways an organism functions in relation to a presumed normal environment.

Keywords: calculation; communication; conceptual role; Grice; semantics; speaker meaning

Chapter.  11339 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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