Chapter

Having Meaning

Stephen Schiffer

in The Things We Mean

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257768
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602313 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257760.003.0005
 Having Meaning

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To have meaning is to stand in the meaning relation to a meaning, meanings taken to be characters*. This chapter is about the nature of the meaning relation. A theory of this relation requires saying what relation a person must bear to a language in order for that language to be her public language, and also what relation a person must bear to a language in order for that language to be her language of thought. The answers bear on questions about compositional semantics and about the supervenience of the intentional on the non-intentional.

Keywords: character*; compositional semantics; language of thought; meaning relation; meanings; public language; supervenience

Chapter.  8302 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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