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The Space of Issues and Options

Paul Horwich

in Reflections on Meaning

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199251247
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603983 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019925124X.003.0001
 The Space of Issues and Options

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This chapter presents an overview of central issues that must be confronted in developing a decent account of meaning, with various positions that might be taken with respect to them, and with some of the arguments that can be given for and against these positions. Topics addressed include forms of scepticism about meaning, the pros and cons of reductionism, the relationship between language and thought, the compositionality of sentence-meanings from word-meanings, the normative import of meaning, individualism, externalism, and the promise of a deflationary theory.

Keywords: scepticism; reductionism; language; thought; compositionality; normative; individualism; externalism; deflationary

Chapter.  8078 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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