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Semantical Underdeterminacy

Jay David Atlas

in Logic, Meaning, and Conversation

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195133004
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850181 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195133004.003.0001
Semantical Underdeterminacy

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Dogma refers to the notion of how language is divided into two categories: one that is figurative or literary and that is widely used metaphorically, and the other concerns standard or ordinary language which is taken to refer to things literally. Dogma plays no small part in the study of literary style in the twentieth century and in studies of the philosophy of language. The fact that this notion is believed to have not been established with a reliable basis entails two effects — a revision of Fregean semantics that veers away from the idea that meaning determines reference and that literal meaning is definite, and the dissolution of the distinction between the linguistic life and linguistic art. This chapter focuses on the distinctions between the different functions of language and how these were systematically imposed during the period between the 1920s and the 1930s.

Keywords: dogma; language; linguistic art; literal meaning; ordinary language; lieralism; literary style; philosophy of language; Fregean semantics

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Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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