Meanings and Knowledge of Meaning

Stephen Schiffer

in The Things We Mean

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257768
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602313 | DOI:
 Meanings and Knowledge of Meaning

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Knowing what an expression means is neither knowing that it means such and such nor knowing how to do things with the expression; it is being in, or being apt to be in, a certain kind of language-processing state. The account of knowledge of meaning is seen to suggest that, strictly speaking, there are no such things as expression meanings. Whether or not that is so, there are things to which an expression must be related if it is to have meaning, and with an eye to David Kaplan’s characters, these things are called characters*. This leads to a critical discussion of two-dimensional semantics.

Keywords: character; character*; David Kaplan; knowledge of meaning; language processing; meanings; two-dimensional semantics

Chapter.  24664 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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