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Dual‐Aspect Semantics

Ernest Lepore and Barry Loewer

in Meaning, Mind, and Matter

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580781
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595264 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580781.003.0006
Dual‐Aspect Semantics

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According to dual aspect semanticists, a theory of meaning for a language L consists of two components: one provides an account of the relations between language and the world (truth theory), the other an account of understanding and cognitive significance (inferential role). This chapter elaborates on these suggestions and argues that these theorists are wrong. Instead, it defends a purely Davidsonian truth theoretic approach.

Keywords: theory of meaning; dual aspect semanticists; truth theory; cognitive significance

Chapter.  13608 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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