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Two Pictures of Semantics

Charles Travis

in The Uses of Sense

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780199245871
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598630 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245878.003.0001
 Two Pictures of Semantics

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On what does the truth of words depend? One idea is: it depends only on the concepts deployed—the meanings of the words used—and on how the world is. Another idea is that the concepts words express admit of understandings, so that the respective contributions to truth of how things are represented and how things cannot be separated out in that way. This chapter details both ideas.

Keywords: concepts; meaning; representation; truth; truth condition; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  18290 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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